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Jonesboro DUI Lawyer

About Richard Lawson

Jonesboro GA DUI Lawyer – Jonesboro GA DUI Attorney

The Law Office of Richard Lawson is a law firm that specializes in DUI defense. Richard Lawson is a former Georgia DUI prosecutor with over 20 years' experience. Please see our reviews on Avvo and contact us for a free case evaluation.

30-Day Warning!

If you have been arrested for DUI in Jonesboro or elsewhere in Clayton County, you only have thirty business days to save your driver's license from automatic suspension. To do so, you or your Jonesboro DUI Lawyer must pay $150 to file an Administrative License Suspension (ALS) hearing request or an ignition interlock device request. If this hearing is not requested, your Georgia driver's license will automatically be suspended. 

If you refused the State's chemical test of your breath, blood, or urine, your Georgia driver's license will be suspended for one full year, with no opportunity for early reinstatement or a restricted permit. Timing is everything. Contact a Jonesboro DUI Lawyer as soon as possible after your Jonesboro DUI arrest to save your driver's license! 

How We Work for You

Our Jonesboro Georgia DUI Attorneys will explore every legal avenue, do everything in their power, and use every resource available to get you the best outcome possible.  The Jonesboro GA DUI Lawyers with the Law Office of Richard Lawson never take cases just to take a client's money, stand beside them in court, and tell them to plead guilty. That may be the business model of other law firms, but not us! Our first and only plan is getting results for our clients.

Our Approach

Our approach demands a complete, comprehensive and detailed investigation into every defense and fact of your Jonesboro GA DUI case. While we cannot change the facts, we do, however, investigate them and make sure to pull out all the stops. We look carefully where others simply glance; we dig deep when others merely scratch the surface. Our Jonesboro DUI Lawyers work for you, keeping your best interests in mind throughout your case.

We cannot and will not guarantee a win for your Jonesboro Georgia DUI case. However, our Jonesboro GA DUI Attorneys will make every attempt to develop a defense that will ensure the best outcome for you based on the unique details of your Jonesboro GA DUI arrest.

Search and Seizure

The Constitution of the United States, as well as the Georgia Constitution, guarantees the right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure. Any time the government intrudes on a person's area or property where there is a reasonable expectation of privacy, a “search” has occurred, and any time the government restricts a person's freedom of movement, a “seizure” has occurred. The Fourth Amendment prevents the government's invasion of our privacy, buy provides a defendant with a beneficial tool in legal defense: the exclusion of evidence.

Those accused of a crime can actually be 100% guilty of a crime; however, if the evidence against them was obtained illegally, their charges may be dismissed. Such situations frequently happen with police stops. Whether it is suspected DUI, drug trafficking, drug possession, or weapons violation, if the evidence collected was discovered during an illegal stop, it could be excluded altogether. That is why it is so important to contact a DUI Lawyer in Jonesboro GA if you believe your rights have been violated. Time is not on your side because police will not likely preserve crucial evidence that could prove a constitutional violation. Swift action should be taken to make certain it is properly preserved.

Breath Tests

The most famous evidentiary test by far that is given to drivers to determine their blood alcohol content (BAC) is the breath test. What type of chemical test used is the arresting officer's choice, and may be of breath, blood, or urine. Most times, the request for a chemical test is made at the police station after an arrest for DUI. Breath testing is typically used because the machine is at the police station and is supposedly in good working order. The tests are inexpensive and can be administered in 3-5 minutes.

Breath Tests as Evidence

There are many procedures to be followed before breath-testing evidence may be used against a defendant in a DUI case:

  • The Georgia Implied Consent warning must be read and followed.
  • The law enforcement officer administering the test must have certification to operate the breath-testing machine.
  • Along with the officer being certified, the breath-testing machine must also be certified.
  • The law enforcement officer must follow proper policy and procedure set forth by the State of Georgia. That includes a deprivation period that is mandatory in all DUI cases.

If the fundamental evidentiary requirements are met, the breath test results can be presented in court; then it is whether the test accurately depicts the defendant's accurate blood alcohol content (BAC) at the time they were driving/pulled over. Defenses such as mouth alcohol, rising alcohol, certain medical conditions such as GERD or acid reflux, a margin of error, uncertain statistics, and many others, are then used.

Jonesboro GA Municipal Court

Jonesboro Municipal Court is responsible for handling city ordinance and traffic violations that occur within the City of Jonesboro. Court is held at Jonesboro Police Department building on the second and fourth Monday of each month at 8 am, 11:30 am, and 1:30 pm. The address is 170 South Main Street, Jonesboro, GA 30263. The Honorable Keith Wood, Jr. is the Municipal Court Judge, and Lisa Tobias is the Chief Clerk of Court. Please call (770) 478-7407 for more information.

Jonesboro GA Municipal Courtroom Requirements

Jonesboro Police Department is a secure building and any bags, briefcases, purses, etc. must be inspected by an officer before being allowed into the courtroom.

The following items are prohibited in the courtroom:

  • Firearms
  • Knives or other edged instruments
  • Aerosol spray
  • Mace or pepper spray
  • Razor blades
  • Scissors
  • Tools or other utensils
  • Knitting needles or pins
  • Any item or object that has the potential to be a weapon

Dress Code

The following clothing items are not permitted in the courtroom:

  • Hats (exception for religious head coverings)
  • Sunglasses
  • Shorts or short skirts
  • Halter tops or sleeveless shirts
  • Baggy pants that sag below the waist
  • Any clothing deemed inappropriate by an officer of the court

Map to Jonesboro GA Municipal Court

Jonesboro Georgia DUI Defense

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a risk that is never worth taking. The penalties for DUI are quite severe in Georgia's complicated legal system. Deaths and injuries from drunken drivers are devastating and cannot be sufficiently compensated. 

That's why when you need a DUI Lawyer in Jonesboro GA, look no further than the Law Office of Richard Lawson. Our Jonesboro GA DUI Attorneys are the best in the state and will do everything in their power to get you the best outcome possible. Trust no other DUI Attorney in Jonesboro Georgia. Even worse is trusting your Jonesboro GA DUI case to a “general practitioner.” Your life is on the line, and the clock starts running as soon as you are arrested. Make the right choice. Your best defense begins with us!

Our Attorneys

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    Richard Lawson

    Richard Lawson has devoted his entire career to DUI Defense. He ex...

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    Kevin R. Fisher

    Of Counsel Attorney - Law Offices of Richard S. Lawson

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    Kimberly A. Berry

    Kimberly Berry has devoted her career to defending people. She is ...

Recent Case Results

  • This case was in Helen Municipal Court.  The client was charged with a DUI and four counts of DUI Child Endangerment.  In Georgia, for every child under the age of 14 in a vehicle it is considered a separate DUI offense.  The client would have been declared an habitual violator from one arrest an... Read On

  • Client was charged with a suspended license because he did not reinstate his privilege to drive after the expiration of his restricted license.  Per my advice, the client properly reinstated his license the day after he was charged.  Case Dismissed in Cobb County State Court.  Read On

  • Client was a resident of New York who was arrested while he was visiting Georgia for pleasure. He was charged with DUI, Reckless Driving, and Speeding 37 MPH over the speed limit. We were able to get the client an unbelievable outcome in Hampton, Georgia. His DUI dismissed, his speeding ticket wa... Read On

Recommendations

  • Achieved Best Result possible!

    I would give Richard the highest recommendation possible. From the beginning, he treated me with firmness and complete professionalism. I knew he had my back and I never doubted once through the whole process that he wasn't working hard to achieve the best outcome. My case was dismissed and thank... Read On

  • First DUI...Thank you again Richard Lawson!

    I got my DUI 3 months ago, I can say that Richard Lawson has helped me more than I would expect from any attorney. He kept me driving and got me the minimum outcome. Every time I contacted him, his response time was instantaneous and every question was always clearly answered. Read On

  • Kimberly Berry took care of my case

    I could not be a happier with how my case turned out. Kimberly helped reduce my sentence to reckless driving. she really took care of me and all of my needs. Read On

Jonesboro DUI Resources

Jonesboro GA Police Department

Clayton County Sheriff’s Department

Georgia Department of Public Safety

Jonesboro GA Municipal Court

Administrative Office of the Courts

Clayton County District Attorney

Georgia Department of Driver Services

Jonesboro GA Public Library  

Wikipedia of Jonesboro Georgia

Have You Been Arrested for DUI in Jonesboro Georgia?

Choosing the Best DUI Lawyer

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When you are arrested for DUI in Georgia, finding the right Lawyer is Job #1. At the Law Offices of Richard S. Lawson we will investigate your case and find the best possible legal defense to your DUI in Georgia. You are in good hands with Richard Lawson and his associates. We will work tirelessly to help you while compassionately holding your hand throughout the entire DUI Defense Process.

Georgia DUI Defense Attorneys

At the Law Office of Richard S. Lawson, we have offices conveniently located throughout metro Atlanta and throughout Georgia. If we do not have a convenient office, we will come to you. We practice throughout Metro Atlanta and North Georgia. If your case is in an area we do not serve, we will find you an attorney in your area free of charge. Our office is part of a State-wide network of Georgia DUI Lawyers. Contact us 24/7 for immediate legal help. Our attorneys are standing by. Your DUI Case will not defend itself. Your Best Georgia DUI Defense Begins Here!