Decatur DUI Attorney in DeKalb County

The Law Offices of Richard S. Lawson

Georgia DUI Attorney Richard Lawson

Awards and Accomplishments for DUI Attorney Richard Lawson

Supreme Court of Georgia
Emory Law
Avvo DUI
Avvo Top Attorney
State Bar of Georgia

If you are arrested for DUI in Decatur or any other city in Dekalb County, it is very important that you speak with an experienced Georgia DUI attorney immediately. Richard Lawson is an Emory Law School trained former Georgia DUI prosecutor who is dedicated to DUI defense. He is a veteran in the field of DUI law with over 20 years of DUI experience and has resolved more than 4,600 DUI cases.

  • Over 20 years of experience with Georgia DUI laws and in the Georgia DUI court system
  • Exclusively devoted to DUI Defense
  • Former Georgia DUI Prosecutor with extensive experience from both sides of the courtroom
  • Thorough understanding of the science behind the breath and blood test evidence used in DUI cases in Dekalb County, Georgia
  • Richard Lawson is a highly-skilled, Emory Law School trained Decatur DUI attorney
  • Over 4,600 DUI cases successfully resolved in Georgia
  • NHTSA Field Sobriety Test Instructor Course Graduate
  • Richard Lawson is ready to review the evidence in your case and prepare an aggressive defense in the Dekalb County court system

Arrested for DUI in Dekalb County?

Georgia DUI Lawyer Richard Lawson
The Law Offices of Richard S. Lawson
Richard S. Lawson
Georgia DUI Lawyer
DeKalb County, GA


Dekalb County DUI attorney Richard Lawson offers a free initial review of your DUI case. To schedule a meeting fill out the consultation request form on this page or call (404) 816-4440 or (770) 641-0100.

Decatur DUI lawyer Richard Lawson has an exceptional background and track record in DUI defense, and brings a wealth of knowledge to every case. His practice is exclusive to DUI defense in Georgia, and also handles tickets associated with DUI. The consequences of a DUI conviction can be devastating and you need to speak with a DUI lawyer as soon as possible after your arrest in Dekalb County. You need to start planning your defense as early as you can, so call the Law Offices of Richard S. Lawson today to begin working on your case.

You need to know that an arrest does not mean you are guilty. You have the right to fight your DUI, and a Dekalb County DUI attorney can ensure your rights are protected throughout your case. Decatur DUI attorney Richard Lawson has attained results in thousands of DUI cases in Georgia, including complete dismissal of DUI charges, reductions to reckless driving, and reductions to other lesser offenses. Richard Lawson can challenge the evidence being used against you and investigate the facts of your traffic stop. There may be important details that can lead to an early dismissal of your case. As you may know, a DUI conviction will go on your permanent criminal record, and this criminal record can prevent you from many opportunities in life. Not all criminal lawyers are equipped to handle the complexities of the legal and scientific aspects of a drunk driving case. The Law Offices of Richard S. Lawson are dedicated to DUI defense, and has the knowledge and resources to fight for the best outcome in your case.

Courts in Dekalb County where Attorney Richard Lawson practices Georgia DUI Defense:

DeKalb County State and Superior Court:
556 N. McDonough Street
Decatur, GA 30030
Map to Dekalb County State and Superior Courts

DeKalb County Camp Circle Court Complex
3630 Camp Circle
Decatur, GA 30032
Map to Dekalb County Camp Circle Court

Doraville Municipal Court
3765 Park Avenue
Doraville, GA 30340
Map to Doraville Municipal Court

Brookhaven Municipal Court (1st Floor of Police Department)
2665 Buford Highway
Brookhaven, GA 30324
Map to Brookhaven Municipal Court

Decatur Municipal Court
420 W. Trinity Place
Decatur, GA 30030
Map to Decatur Municipal Court

Dunwoody Municipal Court
41 Perimeter Center East
Suite 103
Dunwoody, GA 30346
Map to Dunwoody Municipal Court

Chamblee Municipal Court
3540 Broad Street
Chamblee, GA 30341
Map to Chamblee Municipal Court

Avondale Estates Municipal Court
21 North Avondale RD
Avondale Estates, GA 30002
Map to Avondale Estates Municipal Court

GA DUI Lawyer Richard Lawson handles DUI cases in all of the cities and towns in Dekalb County, GA:

Atlanta, Avondale Estates, Belvedere Park, Briarcliff, Brookhaven, Candler-McAfee, Chamblee, Clarkston, Decatur, Doraville, Druid Hills, Dunwoody, Gresham Park, Lithonia, North Decatur, North Druid Hills, Panthersville, Pine Lake, Redan, Stone Mountain, and Toco Hills.

Decatur DUI Lawyer Richard Lawson

Richard Lawson is a former Prosecutor, former Assistant District Attorney, and former Assistant Solicitor General. He has received the same training as those who are prosecuting your case. This insight into both sides of a DUI case will give you an advantage in the courtroom.

Richard Lawson is an instructor at the Institute for Continuing Legal Education and is a certified instructor in the administration of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration standardized field sobriety tests. He has numerous publications including: Navigating DUI Drug Cases (2012), Investigations in DUI Cases (2012), and DUI Investigations (2005). He has given multiple presentations on DUI defense since 1999, and is a long-term member with the Georgia Defense of Drinking Drivers Group.

Richard Lawson received a juris doctorate from the Emory University Law School in Atlanta.

Important Information on Municipal Courts in Dekalb County

Under the DUI laws of Georgia, a state trooper, a Dekalb County Sheriff’s deputy or a municipal law enforcement officer can issue a citation for drunk driving. As a result, your case may need to be resolved in a municipal court or even a probate court, rather than a state or superior court.

For assistance in determining the correct venue for your specific case, contact Dekalb County DUI lawyer Richard Lawson for help.

Driver’s License Suspension for DUI in Georgia

After your DUI arrest in Dekalb County you have up to 10 days to schedule a hearing to stop the automatic suspension of your driver’s license. Most people are overwhelmed after an arrest for DUI and may forget to schedule this hearing, or simply do not take care of the matter quickly enough. Your license can remain suspended even if your DUI case is ultimately dismissed. Decatur DUI lawyer Richard S. Lawson can provide legal assistance to handle these license suspension hearings, known as ALS hearings, and can provide evidence at your hearing to challenge whether there were reasonable grounds for your arrest.

The civil case involving your driver’s license is separate from the criminal DUI charges. Georgia DUI lawyer Richard Lawson can help you with all portions of your drunk driving defense, including the license hearing. The chances of keeping your driving privileges are greater if you have legal guidance.

Contact Georgia DUI attorney Richard Lawson now and ask for immediate help with your license.

Visit with Dekalb County DUI Attorney Richard Lawson Today

Do not take a chance with your DUI in Dekalb County. For an aggressive defense with personal service, call Dekalb County DUI attorney Richard Lawson by calling (404) 816-4440 or (770) 641-0100. You can also complete the web form and Mr. Lawson will call you back. Your inquiry will be handled 24/7 and there is no obligation, so call now.

Decatur DUI attorney Richard Lawson has five locations for your convenience. Below is a map with interactive directions. To schedule a free consultation to discuss your DUI in Dekalb County, please call (404) 816-4440 or (770) 641-0100.

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Law Office of Richard S. Lawson's Reviews by Former DUI Clients
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Rating: 10 out of 10 Based on 5 reviews

Outcome: DUI Dismissed
Practice Area: DUI / DWI

Defendant (Richard's party) vs. State of Georgia

The client was charged with DUI and Impeding Traffic. The charges were dismissed after winning a motion hearing on the issue of the traffic stop. The judge found that the officer had no reason to stop the client's vehicle when he was driving 20 mph below the speed limit because it was still a lawful rate of speed and did not give the officer reason to suspect DUI.

Outcome: DUI reduced to Reckless Driving
Practice Area: DUI / DWI

Defendant (Richard's party) vs. State of Georgia

The charge was reduced to Reckless Driving after the court ruled the blood test would be inadmissible at trial because the test was not performed within 3 hours of the officer stopping the client's vehicle for speeding.

Outcome: DUI dismissed
Practice Area: DUI / DWI

Defendant (Richard's party) vs. State of Georgia

The charge was dismissed after a motion hearing where the judge found there was no evidence to support the officer's claim that the client was driving erratically and made an illegal U-turn.

Outcome: "Not Guilty"
Practice Area: DUI / DWI

Defendant (Richard's party) vs. State of Georgia

The client was charged with DUI (second offense). The jury heard two DUI cases against the client. The client was .188 on the breath test. She was seen impaired in a parking lot of a convenience store. A concerned customer called the police. Several witnesses saw her at the store. In spite of the strong evidence against her, the jury found her "NOT GUILTY" of DUI.

Outcome: DUI reduced to Reckless Driving
Practice Area: DUI / DWI

Defendant (Richard's party) vs. State of Georgia

The client was a commercial driver (CDL) with a second lifetime DUI. He was facing a lifetime revocation of his CDL license. The case was reduced to Reckless Driving and the CDL was saved.

Georgia DUI Lawyer Richard Lawson
The Law Offices of Richard S. Lawson
Georgia DUI Lawyer
DeKalb County, GA


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