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Stockbridge DUI Lawyer – Stockbridge DUI Attorney

DUI Lawyer in Stockbridge GA - DUI Attorney in Stockbridge GA

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Stockbridge GA Courthouse

Richard Lawson is a former Georgia DUI Prosecutor with over 20 years' experience in DUI law. He is Georgia's top-rated DUI Defense attorney as rated by Avvo. Read his reviews here and contact our office for a free, no-strings-attached case evaluation.

30-Day Warning!

If you have been arrested for DUI in Stockbridge or anywhere else in Henry County, you only have thirty business days from the date of your arrest to save your Georgia driver's license from being suspended. You (or your Stockbridge DUI Lawyer) must file for an Administrative License Suspension (ALS) hearing or request an ignition interlock device. The fee to file the hearing request is $150. If the hearing or device is not requested, your Georgia driver's license will be suspended. If you refused the State's chemical test of your breath, blood, or urine, your Georgia driver's license will be suspended with no opportunity for a restricted permit or early reinstatement. 

Can I Win My Stockbridge DUI Case?

Yes, winning your Stockbridge DUI case is possible. The seasoned Stockbridge DUI Lawyers with the Law Office of Richard Lawson have an impressive track record of success in fighting and winning DUI cases for their clients.

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Stockbridge Municipal Court

What Are My Options?

With a Stockbridge DUI charge, you have three main options:

  • Pursuing a case dismissal
  • Plea bargain
  • Trial

Having an experienced Stockbridge DUI Attorney to represent you significantly increases your chances of a favorable outcome. A qualified DUI Lawyer in Stockbridge can help paint a clear picture of what to expect in court and the option that suits your situation best. Therefore, it is a good idea to ask the judge to give you sufficient time to find a good Stockbridge DUI Attorney.

What Penalties Will I Face?

The penalties you face under Georgia DUI law varies depending on such things as:

  • Any prior DUI convictions
  • The presence of a child under the age of 14 in your vehicle
  • Other pending or DUI-related charges

Choose an experienced Stockbridge DUI Attorney as soon as possible so you can begin to defend yourself, and minimize your losses.

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Stockbridge GA City Court

Common Stockbridge Georgia DUI penalties:

Conviction for a First Offense:

  • 12 months' probation
  • Fine of $300-$1000
  • 1-10 days in jail
  • 40 hours' community service
  • Georgia license suspension
  • Alcohol and drug treatment/counseling
  • DUI school

Conviction for Second Offense:

  • 12-36 months of probation (depending on associated offenses, if any)
  • Fine of $600-$1000
  • 90 days to one year in jail (a minimum of three days must be served; many get more days than three)
  • 240 hours of community service (which translates to 30 full, 8-hour days
  • Georgia driver's license suspension for at least a year
  • Ignition interlock device
  • Surrender of license plate
  • 17 weeks of alcohol and drug counseling and mandatory treatment
  • DUI Court programs and Court-Supervised Treatment
  • Photo published in local newspaper at your expense

Conviction for Third Offense:

  • 12-36 months of probation (depending on associated offenses, if any)
  • 120 days to one year in jail (a minimum of 15 days must be served; people often get more)
  • Fine of $1000-$5000
  • 240 hours' community service
  • License suspension for 5 years (restricted permit can be available after two years with ignition interlock device)
  • Surrender of license plate
  • 17 weeks of alcohol and counseling/treatment
  • Photo published in local newspaper at your expense
  • Habitual Violator status

What Will Happen to My Case in Court?

In Georgia, a DUI charge is a misdemeanor. You will likely be released after your initial arrest and can use that time to find a competent Stockbridge DUI Lawyer to defend you in Stockbridge Municipal Court.

If you hire an attorney, they will attend arraignment for you. After a “Not Guilty” plea is entered, your case will go to the prosecutor for further investigation. The prosecution will then prepare a file for your case and it will soon be set on the court's docket.

If your case makes it to court, you will have two options: stand trial before the judge, or before a jury of your peers. If you want a jury trial, it will be composed of six people (for a misdemeanor) or twelve (if a felony).

Your final sentence will be given by either conviction or a plea agreement may be offered and accepted. Sentences for a Georgia DUI case may include time in jail. Fines, and community service.

How Long Will My Case Take to Resolve?

Each DUI case is unique and so it its duration. There are many determining factors that affect ho long a case will take. You can get a better idea of how long your case will take by calling our office for a free consultation. 

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Stockbridge GA Municipal Complex

How Much Will This All Cost?

If you are convicted of DUI, you will be required to pay most of the associated costs, such as court fines and fees. If you are put on probation, you will be responsible for paying a monthly probation fee. You could also be responsible for paying for special courses or chemical testing if ordered by the court.

Whether you win or lose, you will have to pay attorney fees, bond posted for release from jail, travel cost to and from court, and more money for car insurance. You will also lose work wages for having to attend court.

Long story short, if you have been convicted of DUI, even without hiring a Stockbridge DUI Attorney, your expenses could be as much as $10,000. However, if you hire an experienced Stockbridge DUI Lawyer from the Law Office of Richard Lawson, your charges could get reduced, or even dismissed, making your expenses less.

Stockbridge GA Municipal Court

Stockbridge Municipal Court is held at 4602 North Henry Boulevard, Stockbridge, GA 30281-3651. The Honorable Matthew McCord is the Municipal Court Judge, Nicolle Ramsey is the Solicitor, and Anita R. Gunnoe is the Clerk of Court. Call (770) 389-7906 for more information.

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Stockbridge City Hall

Map to Stockbridge Municipal Court

Contact Us

We know that a DUI arrest can be devastating and make you feel like there is no hope. However, no case is hopeless. Call our office now for a free consultation with a DUI Attorney in Stockbridge. Someone is available to take your call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Weekends and holidays, too. Do not waste precious time hoping your case will resolve itself; it will not work.

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

  • Kimberly Berry is a hard working, honest, future saving, SUPERIOR Attorney!

    Our teenager went off to College (August 2012) with a "You don't have to worry about me, I will not get into trouble, I know what I'm doing" attitude. Two MIP's within the first three months and a citation four months later, proved that attitude wrong. After we had a "come to Jesus" discussion wi... Read On

  • Outstanding Attorney

    I contacted Mr. Lawson after being arrested for DUI and no seat belt. From my first conversation forward he was extremely professional and helpful. He was able to have my DUI reduced to a lesser charge and I was able to retain my license. He is an outstanding attorney that I highly recommend. Read On

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    Mr. Lawson is a very understanding, patient, trustworthy attorney. He always responded to my calls or emails night or day. My case was professionally handled in a timely manner. He got my dui case dismissed. Read On

Stockbridge DUI Resources 

Henry County Police Department

Stockbridge GA Police Department

Georgia State Patrol

Stockbridge Municipal Court 

Administrative Office of the Courts

Henry County District Attorney

Georgia Department of Driver Services 

Stockbridge Public Library 

Wikipedia of Stockbridge Georgia

Have You Been Arrested for DUI in Stockbridge Georgia?

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City of Stockbridge 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!