Trion DUI Lawyer


If you have been charged with DUI in Trion, GA, or anywhere else in Chattooga County, you need an experienced DUI lawyer to assist with your case. Our Trion DUI Attorneys understand the subtle nuances in the criminal justice system that can be the difference between success and failure. We offer representation for DUI, drug possession cases, and other related crimes.  Contact us now for a free case evaluation.

30-Day Warning

A skilled Trion DUI Attorney can help you avoid the license suspension associated with a DUI.  If you do nothing, your license will automatically be suspended for up to 12 months.  If you refused to take the blood, breath or urine test the officer in your case directed you to choose, your license suspension will be 12 months with no hope of a restricted license allowing you to drive to and from work or school. Your Trion DUI lawyer will request an Administrative License Suspension hearing (ALS Hearing) or assist you in installing the ignition interlock device, increasing the chances that you will not suffer a license suspension at all!

Habitual Violator in Trion

If you have committed three major offenses within a 5 years, you will receive the habitual violator status. Habitual violator is not a crime it and of itself; instead, it is a status. Once declared a habitual violator, your license will be suspended for five years. After two years of suspension, you may be eligible for a special permit.

Multiple offenses that can lead to an habitual violator (HV) status in Georgia. They include:

  • DUI
  • Hit and Run
  • Racing on Highways or Streets
  • Fleeing or Attempting to Elude
  • Vehicular Homicide
  • Serious Injury by Vehicle
  • Feticide by Vehicle in the First Degree
  • Child Endangerment while DUI
  • Any Felony using a Motor Vehicle
  • Driving on a Suspended, Revoked, or Canceled License
  • Felony Forgery Conviction
  • Unlawful or Fraudulent Use of or Application for a License or ID Card

A conviction for any three of these offenses within five years will result in the violator being notified on their habitual violator status and the suspension of their driver's license. The time period is measured from the date of the arrest to the date of arrest.

Levels of Habitual Violator Offenses

If declared an HV, it is a felony to drive at all! If caught driving while on HV status, the penalties are severe. The penalty for driving depends on the particulars of your situation and what level of HV offense it was.

The first level of HV offenses occurs if you were labeled a HV and caught driving after the five-year suspense has ended, but you have not reinstated your Georgia driver's license, then you will be charged with misdemeanor habitual violator. The penalty will be up to twelve months in jail, a fine up to $1,000, or both.

A second way a person can violate their HV status is by violating their driving limitations. After two years, the offender may be eligible for a permit with the installation of an interlock device. Even though you can legally drive, there are limitations. You are allowed to drive to work, medical apointments, school, drug or alcohol abuse meetings, or court related functions. Driving outside of these situations will cause you to be charged with a misdemeanor habitual violator offense. In addition to losing your permit for the remainder of the five-year suspension, you will face up to twelve months in jail and a fine up to $1,000.

The third level of HV offense is driving without a limited permit. It is felony to drive as an HV. The penalty is up to five years in prison.

The fourth level of HV offense is the most serious level. It's got two parts. The first part is being charged with driving as an Habitual Violator without a limited permit (with an interlock device). The second part is not only being caught driving, but also driving under the influence or committing another serious offense while being an Habitual Violator.

Trion Municipal Court

If your misdemeanor DUI arrest occurred within the city limits of Trion, your case will proceed to Trion Municipal Court. The Court Clerk is Lisa Richardson and the Honorable Tracy L. Maddux presides over Trion Municipal Court. Court is held at Trion Town Hall at 1220 Pine Street, Trion, Georgia 30753.

Map to Trion Municipal Court

Contact a Trion DUI Lawyer Today

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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



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    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

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!