Have you been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs? Driving under the influence is never okay. At the Law Offices of Richard S. Lawson, we understand that convicting someone of a crime they didn't commit is wrong, too. That's why the attorney's at our firm are dedicated to giving clients the best legal representation they can offer. At the firm, we are ready to help anyone in the Roswell area who has been accused of driving while intoxicated by an overzealous police officer. Although police officers are trained in DUI detection, standardized field sobriety testing is not always accurate. Our lawyers are trained to identify intoxicated drivers and in standardized field sobriety tests and are ready to use this knowledge to the advantage of our clients in the courtroom.
With more than 20 years of legal experience behind us, our lawyers have resolved more than 4,900 cases in Georgia – including drugged driving cases. Whether you realize it or not, DUI charges can be brought against you for more than driving under the influence of alcohol. If police officers suspect that you are under the influence of marijuana, you will be charged with DUI. In fact, your driver's license can be suspended even if you are not caught behind the wheel of a car. Arrests for possession, sales and distribution may result in the suspension of your license, too. If you've been arrested for possessing marijuana or driving under the influence of drugs, talk to an attorney from our firm today. The sooner we hear from you, the faster we can begin defending your rights.
Experienced Representation for You
If you're facing criminal charges of DUI or drugged driving, finding the right attorney may determine the outcome of your case. We have resolved more than 4,900 impaired driving cases. Our attorneys have experience fighting for the rights of their clients in standard DUIs, injury-related DUIs, probation violations and other practice areas. Facing the possibility of a conviction may seem hopeless; don't give up. The DUI process can be tedious and overwhelming – let an attorney form our firm provide the aggressive and enthusiastic representation you need. Call today for a free case evaluation to see what we can do for you.
If your DUI case feels hopeless, a plea bargain may in your best interest. Generally speaking, a plea bargain involves negotiations between the defense and prosecution. Sometimes, a plea bargain results in your charges being reduce or your sentence lessened. Having an aggressive attorney to help you through the bargain process is invaluable. You might wonder if you actually need a lawyer to plead guilty.
Remember this: bargaining involves more than simply pleading guilty – it is a skill. In order to get a sentence or charge reduction, you need to strategically negotiate with the prosecution; otherwise, they will assume that you intend to plead guilty and offer you an unfair settlement. For more information, talk to an attorney from our firm; we are skilled in plea bargain negotiations and have helped clients successfully in the past.
Felony DUI Charges
Many times, intoxicated driving cases are charged as misdemeanors offenses. However, the circumstances surrounding your arrest may result in a felony charge. If you've been charged with a felony DUI, talk to an attorney immediately – felony convictions carry harsh penalties. If police officers believe that you committed child endangerment while driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you case may be treated as a felony matter. In the state of Georgia, child endangerment and DUI cannot be charged as one crime; they will be handled separately. If you are convicted, the court may decide to penalize you more heavily for each allegation.
Additionally, if you have prior DUI convictions on your record, the court may label you a habitual violator and enhance the charges brought against you. Even you first intoxicated driving offense could result in incarceration, fines, probation and other serious penalties – not to mention a second or third DUI. If police believe that you committed DUI and were responsible for another person's injury or death, your case may be handled as a felony. In extreme circumstances, you may face vehicular homicide allegations. Your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) may enhance the seriousness of your case, too. For instance, if a blood or breath test indicates that your BAC is twice the legal limit or higher, the court may decide that you were extremely intoxicated and charge you will felony DUI.