Very often I am asked how and why I became an Atlanta DUI Lawyer. The question implies that there is something wrong with making our government and its imperfect actors prove the guilt of someone accused. In fact, it's incredibility offensive to me when prosecutors come before a jury and say they represent the citizens of (fill in the blank) county. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Prosecutors have an extremely important job, and I have the utmost respect for their difficult job. They are under-paid. They are over-worked. They have far less resources than the general public would assume. I was a DUI Prosecutor, and I took my job seriously. All of that being said, prosecutors represent the government of the county or city in which they serve. That role is essential in the process. They do an great job and many are friends. They don't represent people or the public.
As a Atlanta DUI Defense Attorney, I represent people, those charged with DUI offenses by the government's actors. The government actors include the police and the prosecutors. Prosecutors like to tell juries they represent citizens because there is an negative impression of government employees. No one wants to be labeled as a government employee. My job as an Atlanta DUI Attorney is to represent those accused by the government of a crime.
So, why do I do it? Why do I represent those accused of DUI in Atlanta and DUI throughout Georgia and North Georgia? The answer is simple. People deserve a fair chance in court. No one should be assumed to be guilty. Police officers and prosecutors are not perfect and make mistakes. Even if the great majority of the people accused are guilty, there are innocent people accused of crimes everyday. Field sobriety tests can be misinterpreted. Breath testing machines can fail. And more importantly of all, even guilty people deserve fair and proportional treatment insofar as others similarly accused. Your best defense begins with Atlanta DUI Lawyer Richard Lawson on your side.