Winder DUI Lawyer

Winder DUI Lawyer – Winder DUI Attorney

Former DUI Prosecutor

Richard Lawson is a former Georgia DUI Prosecutor and has over 25 years' experience in DUI law. Please check out his Avvo reviews and see that he is the most reviewed, top-rated DUI attorney in all of Georgia. When you need a DUI Lawyer in Winder, contact our office for a free, no-obligation consultation.

Thirty-Day Warning!

If you have been arrested for DUI in Winder or elsewhere in Barrow County, you (or your Winder DUI Lawyer) will need to file a request for an Administrative License Suspension (ALS) hearing or request for an ignition interlock device to be installed. The filing fee is $150 and is separate from your attorney's fees. If you do not request an ALS hearing or an interlock device, your Georgia driver's license will be suspended for up to one year. If you have been accused of refusing the chemical test of your breath, blood, or urine, your Georgia driver's license will be suspended for one year, with no chance for a restricted permit.

Blood-Alcohol Content and Chemical Testing

Many individuals who submit to the State's chemical test of their breath, blood, or urine and have a reading above Georgia's legal limit of .08% often think their case is hopeless and decide not to hire a Winder DUI Attorney to fight their Winder DUI case.  However, if an experienced Winder DUI Lawyer thoroughly investigates the case, evidence will often be revealed that can cast doubt on the reliability of the chemical tests results and could keep them from being introduced against you in court.

The Winder DUI Attorney you choose should not only know the breath machine that is used, but exactly what factors can affect the result of a breath, blood, or urine test to determine intoxication. These factors can often lead to a false high blood-alcohol reading. Depending on the specimen type and its analysis, the following are examples of a few of the factors that could affect a chemical test and give an incorrect result:

  • Interference of radio frequency (police radio, mobile phone, or microwave);
  • Mouth alcohol present during breath sample collection;
  • Foreign objects in the mouth such as dentures or tongue stud;
  • GERD or Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease;
  • Failure to observe the accused before testing administration;
  • Diabetes;
  • How the blood or urine sample was extracted;
  • How blood or urine samples were preserved and stored;
  • How blood or urine sample was transported and who had access to it. 

Field Sobriety Tests: A Brief History

Richard Lawson is one of few Winder DUI Attorneys who has not only been certified to administer the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) field sobriety tests; he is also an instructor. 

Field sobriety tests (or FSTs) have existed since the beginning of the enforcement of DUI law. For many years, they varied from officer to officer; police department to police department, and could be just anything the officer imagined. In the late 70s, the Department of Transportation and NHTSA funded a research study to carefully look at what physical coordination tests that had been used to detect intoxication during DUI stops. Their goal was to develop more reliable testing to determine if one's blood alcohol content is above the legal limit and to make those tests standardized. After the study, the researchers came to the conclusion that a battery of three tests: Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus, Walk-and-Turn, and One-leg Stand would offer a reliable result of intoxication. More research was done to develop and validate the battery of tests and to see if they were feasible to use in the field as well as if they were useful in identifying individuals with a blood alcohol content that is higher than the legal limit.

Types of Field Sobriety Tests

Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus – The involuntary jerking of the eye is called nystagmus, and can be an indicator that a person is under the influence of alcohol. However, the mere occurrence of nystagmus does not mean there is an intoxicating substance in the body. There are substances in the body that can produce nystagmus that would not impair a person's ability to drive. Nystagmus could also be caused by a neurological disease or even congenital.

Things that can interfere with how a DUI suspect performs on field sobriety tests include having poor vision in one eye, exposure to irritants

Nystagmus can also be the result of tumors or other damage to the brain and inner ear diseases.


With this test, the accused stands heel-to-toe with their arms at their side. They are to keep that position until the officer tells them to start walking. Then, depending on the instructions given, the person takes nine heel-to-toe steps while walking an imaginary straight line, turns, and walks nine steps back. Keep in mind, the turn is not a pivot turn, but is made by small steps with one foot, while keeping the front foot on the imaginary line. The accused should perform the test while holding their arms to their side while watching their feet, and counting out loud.

One-leg Stand

The directions for this test are given while the subject stands with their feet together and arms at their side until told to begin. The instructions should be given (and demonstrated) to the subject are stand on one leg (either) while holding the other leg approximately six inches off the ground. The foot should be pointed forward so that it is parallel to the ground for thirty seconds or so while counting out loud. 

Winder Municipal Court

Winder Municipal Court is held at the Barrow County Courthouse, located at 652 Barrow Park Drive, Winder, GA 30680 at 9:00 AM.  Check-in starts at 8:30 AM. The Honorable Steve Nicholas is the Chief Judge, Karen Wilson and Brandi Druse are the Court Clerks, and Ronda Leary is the Solicitor.

Office Hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM. For more information, contact Winder Municipal Court at (770) 867-3106 or via email at [email protected].

Map to Winder Municipal Court

Winder DUI Defense

If you have been arrested for DUI in the City of Winder, you need a Winder DUI Lawyer to explain your rights and provide a solid defense. At the Law Office of Richard Lawson, we know all there is to know about Georgia DUI law and are ready to take your call 24 hours a day, seven days a week—even holidays. You do not have time to waste, and your Winder DUI case will not resolve itself. Contact the Law Office of Richard Lawson when you need a DUI Attorney in Winder. Your best defense begins now.

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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



    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

Winder DUI Resources

Winder Police Department

Barrow County Sheriff’s Department

Georgia State Patrol

Winder Municipal Court

Administrative Office of the Courts

Georgia Department of Driver Services

Winder Public Library

Wikipedia of Winder Georgia

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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!