Lake City GA DUI Lawyer

Lake City GA DUI Lawyer – Lake City GA DUI Attorney

Richard Lawson is a former DUI prosecutor and has over 25 years' experience in Georgia DUI law. His firm, the Law Office of Richard Lawson, exclusively defends those arrested and charged with DUI all across the state. Please see his reviews on Avvo, and contact our office for a no-obligation case evaluation.

30-day Warning!

If you were arrested for DUI in Lake City GA or elsewhere in Clayton County, you should be aware that you only have thirty days to file an Administrative License Suspension (ALS) hearing request or ignition interlock device. The fee to file is $150. If this hearing or interlock device is not requested, your driver's license will automatically be suspended. 

If you refused the State's chemical test of your breath, blood, or urine, you should be aware that your license will be suspended for one full year, with no chance for early reinstatement or a limited permit. If you need a DUI Lawyer in Lake City Georgia, contact the Law Office of Richard Lawson today!

Experienced DUI Defense

As a Georgia DUI firm, we vigorously fight for our clients and take that job rather seriously. We have achieved the best outcome possible for thousands of clients. Our law firm is different from others because we get results. Our Lake City GA DUI Attorneys listen to their clients, understand their goals, and use robust methods and strategies in Georgia DUI defense. We approach every case the same: to do what is in our client's best interest and protect their rights. 

An experienced Lake City GA DUI Lawyer makes every bit of difference to someone facing a Lake City Georgia DUI charge. The outcome of a DUI case is crucial because it involves a criminal case as well as Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) consequences that both need to be understood and handled the right way. The Law Office of Richard Lawson is experienced in handling Lake City GA DUI cases and can assist you if you find yourself in need of a Lake City GA DUI Attorney.

DUI Consequences

Georgia DUI cases include both criminal and DDS consequences for the driver, including, but not limited to misdemeanor or felony charges and a potential long-term license suspension.

Criminal Consequences

A driving under the influence (DUI) is a criminal case that has the potential to cause the following:

  • Permanent criminal record
  • Time in jail (depending on case)
  • Hefty fines and fees
  • Mandatory alcohol/drug treatment classes
  • DUI School
  • Mandatory Auto Ignition Interlock Device

A Lake City GA DUI Lawyer will talk with you to discuss the criminal court consequences in your Lake City Georgia DUI case and how to mitigate them. Depending on your unique case, your charges may be felony or misdemeanor and include possible jail time in the most severe of cases. Less serious cases typically involve fines, mandatory alcohol and drug treatment, and probation.

License Suspension

Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) is harsh when it comes to license suspensions. An automatic license suspension occurs if a motorist is stopped and investigated for DUI and fails to request an ALS hearing. Even if an ALS hearing is requested, the process is technically complex and challenging. With an ALS hearing, a Georgia driver has the right to gather any evidence, present their case, cross-examine any witnesses, and make any legal or scientific arguments they choose. The standard of evidence at an ALS hearing is the same as it is in criminal court; meaning it is harder to win an ALS hearing than in criminal court presenting a DUI defense.

First Steps

Contacting a Lake City GA DUI Attorney is one of the first steps you should take after a Lake City DUI arrest. A Lake City GA DUI Lawyer knows wins are possible with DUI cases and you should speak with them about Georgia DUI law and defense strategy. Time is of the essence in DUI cases because Georgia DDS only gives drivers thirty days to request an ALS hearing; otherwise, their Georgia driver's license is automatically suspended.  

Your DUI Lawyer in Lake City GA will go over each and every detail of your case with you and discuss such details as:

  • The strengths and weaknesses of your Lake City DUI case
  • Breath, blood, or urine evidence and ways to challenge it
  • Explaining the ALS hearing process
  • How to mitigate the consequences of your case and get your life back on track

A DUI Attorney in Lake City Georgia will conduct a complete and thorough review of your case and find where your case is strongest. The best starting point is to discuss defense techniques that have been successfully used such as:

  • Rising blood alcohol content (this is a scientific argument)
  • Challenging the breath, blood, or urine evidence
  • Contesting the content of police reports, arrest procedures, and field sobriety tests to show their flaws

Working closely with a skilled Lake City DUI Lawyer to get the best outcome for your Lake City DUI case. It all starts with a free consultation that is risk-free and can assist you in getting on the right track and begin fighting the charges against you. 

Lake City GA Municipal Court 

Lake City Municipal Court handles misdemeanor offenses such as possession of marijuana, shoplifting, traffic violations (such as DUI) and city ordinance violations. The Honorable C. Keith Wood is the Lake City Municipal Court Judge. Court is held 5455 Jonesboro Road, Lake City, GA 30260. Please call (404) 366-8037 for more information.  

The Municipal Court Judge will not discuss your case with you outside of the courtroom, over the phone, or via mail/email. Any discussion with the judge has to be requested on your court date and will occur at the judge's bench or chambers at the judge's discretion. 

No Prosecutor is assigned to attend arraignments. If you need to discuss your case with the Prosecutor, you must request to do so in court on trial dates.

Map to Lake City GA Municipal Court 

Lake City GA DUI Defense

Speak with a trusted, experienced Lake City Georgia DUI Lawyer who exclusively handles DUI cases. Ask them any questions you may have and let them show you how they can fight your Lake City GA DUI charge.  Lake City Georgia DUI cases can be won, or at least the damage to your life and reputation can be minimized. However, you must act quickly, because the clock is ticking and your Georgia driver's license and freedom are on the line. Do not trust your future to just any lawyer you find on the internet or the phone book. Trust the DUI experts with the Law Office of Richard Lawson. Your best defense begins with us!

Our Attorneys

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



    Richard was not the first lawyer I spoke with after my DUI charge, but he was the last when searching for representation. This was my very first time encountering any sort of legal dispute so I had no idea what I was doing and I was very scared. Richard was very friendly, down to earth and consol... Read On

  • Miracle Worker!

    Not only did Richard Lawson and his very capable associate get my DUI reduced to reckless driving with parole, but he did something that I didn't think was possible. I was stopped for a moving violation recently. The police arrested me because they showed my driver's license had been suspended. H... Read On

  • Ideal attorney for anyone

    Mr. Lawson is outstanding. He was professional, attentive to any requests, and got the outcome I wanted but thought was unachievable. I had been arrested for a DUI. The case was very difficult, intricate, and was seemingly without hope, but Mr. Lawson was able to get the charges drastically reduc... Read On

Lake City GA DUI Resources

Lake City GA Police Department

Clayton County Sheriff's Department

Georgia Department of Public Safety

Lake City GA Municipal Court

Administrative Office of the Courts

Clayton County District Attorney

Georgia Department of Driver Services

Wikipedia of Lake City Georgia

Have You Been Arrested for DUI in Lake City Georgia?

Choosing the Best DUI Lawyer

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!