Statham DUI Lawyer – Statham DUI Attorney
Former Georgia DUI Prosecutor
The Law Office of Richard Lawson is a Georgia law firm that is dedicated to the defense of those arrested and charged with DUI. Richard Lawson is a former Georgia Prosecutor and has over 20 years' experience in DUI law. Please check out his reviews on Avvo and contact our office for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.
If you have been arrested for DUI in Statham, or elsewhere in Barrow County, you only have thirty days to file an Administrative License Suspension (ALS) hearing request to save your Georgia driver's license from suspension or to request an ignition interlock device. The filing fee is $150. If you do not request an ALS hearing or the interlock device before the 30 days are up, your license will automatically be suspended. If you have bee accused of refusing the State's chemical test of your breath, blood, or urine, your driver's license will be suspended for one year with no chance for a restricted permit. Do not miss the only opportunity to have your case handled correctly. When you need a DUI Lawyer in Statham, contact the Law Office of Richard Lawson for expert DUI defense.
A Typical DUI Case
Imagine this: you are out with your friends having dinner and drinks. Everyone is having a good time, and you realize it is getting late. However, you have had more than the old recommendation of one drink per hour. After giving your situation some thought, you decide that you are okay to drive home because you have a lot to do tomorrow and do not want to leave your car and get someone else to take you home. You do not have your lucky rabbit's foot with you, and as you pull out of the restaurant parking lot and down the street, you notice a police car in a parking lot.
The officer in the police car sees your car turn and sees that you failed to signal your right turn, and your speed was 42 MPH in a 35 MPH zone. Blue lights appear suddenly, and your adrenaline starts pumping, and you wish you could remember the name of that good DUI lawyer your friend used last month. Your panic sets in as you pull over to the side of the road.
The officer pulls up behind you. You are nervous, but start to look for your driver's license and registration, as that is the first thing the officer will ask for. Not only is the officer asking for your information, but it is also a test to see gauge how you respond to their questions and if you have any difficulty with your fine motor skills. The officer is also observing you for any smell of alcohol, for bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, inconsistent or unusual statements, or an admission of consuming alcohol before the stop.
While the officer is running your driver's license number to check for outstanding warrants and your driving history, you might be asked to step out of your car to perform field sobriety tests that consist of the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN), the Walk-and-Turn, and the One-leg Stand. You may be asked to submit to a roadside breath test or other non-standard field sobriety tests. After all this, the officer will more than likely determine you have failed the field sobriety tests and put you under arrest. You will be handcuffed and taken to jail for a chemical test. You should have the option of requesting an independent test at your expense. You will then be processed or booked into the jail.
Your next step after being sprung from jail is to hire an experienced DUI Attorney in Statham. Choosing a Statham DUI Attorney who solely focuses their practice on DUI Defense is the best way to handle your arraignment and the rest of your Statham DUI case. If not, you can attend your arraignment yourself and enter a plea of “guilty” or “not guilty.” As an aside, if you hire a Statham DUI Lawyer, they can attend your arraignment, and you will not have to appear.
If you hire one of our Statham DUI Attorneys, in addition to handling your arraignment, they will also review the police reports (and video, if available) to determine if there was probable cause to stop you in the first place.
If there are challenges that can be made concerning probable cause, field sobriety tests, chemical tests or other areas, our Statham DUI Lawyers will discuss the case with you to determine if a trial is the best course of action. If there are no issues, your Statham DUI Attorney will negotiate a plea agreement on your behalf and will be with you for your plea and sentencing. They will also help you with other things necessary such as classes needed for license reinstatement at the end of your driver's license suspension period.
Statham DUI Defense
If you have been arrested for DUI in Statham, you need a qualified and skilled Statham DUI Lawyer in your corner to make sure your rights are protected.
Even more, you need someone who has thorough knowledge and understanding of the complexities of Georgia DUI law to effectively advocate on your behalf. At the Law Office of Richard Lawson, our experience, intricate knowledge of the law, and our aggressive strategy of legal defense have helped many of our clients maintain their freedom and privilege to drive.
Our Statham DUI Attorneys know each and every loophole and how to use them to get the best outcome possible. If your arresting officer did not follow policies or procedures during the traffic stop, the administration of chemical or field sobriety tests, or your arrest in general, your Statham DUI Lawyer will use that information to have your case dismissed, or at the least a charge reduction or favorable plea bargain. That is why it is imperative to have a skilled Statham DUI Attorney on your side, and you should never go it alone and attempt to defend your DUI case by yourself.
Statham Municipal Court
If you were arrested and charged with DUI within the Statham City limits, your case would be heard in Statham Municipal Court. Statham Municipal Court is held at the Community Center in Statham at 336 Jefferson Street, Statham, GA 30666. The Honorable Michael Strickland is the Chief Judge, and Ben Green is Solicitor.
Court is held on the first Monday of the month at 4:30 PM. If you have any questions about a court date or citation, contact Patti Powell, Chief Court Clerk Monday – Friday, 8 AM – 5 Pm at (770) 725-7100, option 1.
Map to Statham Municipal Court
Help When You Need It Most
When you need to be sure that you are getting the best in Georgia DUI representation and not just some attorney from the Internet or phone book whose only interest is you pleading guilty to settle your case as soon as possible, contact the Law Office of Richard Lawson. Our Statham DUI Lawyers will do everything they can to get the best outcome for your Statham DUI case, and are available right now, 24 hours a day, seven days a week for your convenience.
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