Richard Lawson

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Richard S. Lawson

DUI Attorney Richard S. Lawson is dedicated to his clients. The Law Office of Richard S. Lawson is Georgia's premier DUI defense practice and is solely focused on the defense of drivers in DUI related cases. Mr. Lawson is not a "general practitioner." He has devoted his career to defending those wrongly accused of DUI and to ensuring that even in cases where people are guilty of DUI, they are treated fairly. Over the past 25+ years, Attorney Lawson has successfully resolved over 4,500 cases and been lead counsel at the jury trials and motions of hundreds of Georgia DUI cases. Additionally, he has successfully resolved hundreds of DUI charges with dismissals, reductions to reckless driving and reductions to other lesser offenses. In his practice he has helped more than 4,000 Georgians keep their driver's licenses and privileges to drive despite the DUI or traffic charges they were facing.

Richard Lawson began his career as a DUI prosecutor. After receiving his law degree from Emory University's school of law where he was an award winning mock trial student attorney, he was selected as an Assistant District Attorney where he prosecuted DUI cases for the State of Georgia. He was trained as a DUI prosecutor by instructors using the same methods used today to teach DUI prosecutors and judges. With this knowledge and training, Richard Lawson left the prosecutor's office and opened his DUI defense practice.

Richard Lawson has handled cases throughout Georgia and has developed a reputation as a skilled trial attorney and negotiator. He is licensed to practice in all trial courts in the Atlanta metropolitan area and North Georgia. Richard Lawson is an instructor at the Institute for Continuing Legal Education where he has trained other DUI attorneys on winning a DUI case and getting clients the best possible results. He has spoken on a variety of DUI topics at legal seminars including cross-examination techniques in DUI trials and how to do a thorough investigation in a DUI case. Mr. Lawson has also completed in-depth coursework on field sobriety evaluations and DUI detection. He has been certified as a DUI standardized field sobriety testing instructor since the year 2000. This qualification allows Mr. Lawson to teach police officers how to conduct field sobriety evaluations on those suspected of DUI. As a DUI defense specialist, Mr. Lawson has spent the past 20+ years mastering the intricacies of Georgia DUI law and keeping up to date with all the latest defense techniques.

Mr. Lawson has published numerous works regarding DUI defense including "Investigations in DUI Cases" at the Georgia Association of Private Investigators in 2007, "Opening Statement and Voir Dire" in the Defense of Drinking Driver's Institute in 2006, "It's Only a DUI" in the Defense of Drinking Drivers Institute in 2004 and "Legal Ethics" in the Defense of Drinking Drivers Institute in 2002. In 2000, he taught a seminar on cross-examination techniques to the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Richard S. Lawson effectively defends clients in their DUI cases including felony DUI prosecutions for repeat offenders, habitual violators, serious accident and injury by vehicle DUIs, hit and run offenses, fleeing and eluding, obstruction of law enforcement, DUI – drug cases, DUI child endangerment cases, marijuana and drug cases, prescription drug DUI cases, underage consumption, minor in possession, and furnishing alcohol to minors cases, as well as BUI (boating under the influence), violations of probation and vehicular homicide.

Additionally, Mr. Lawson represents individuals in the Georgia Department of Driver Services license suspension hearings that are the precursor to nearly all DUI cases. Mr. Lawson's efforts have led to thousands of his clients keeping their Georgia license during the pendency of their DUI case as well as after their cases are resolved.

If you want to get the best results in your upcoming DUI case, call Richard S. Lawson today for a case consultation. While his office is committed to results, it is also committed to customer service. Mr. Lawson keeps his clients up to date on the developments of their case and maintains a 24 hour line so his clients can reach him in the evenings and on weekends to discuss their case and ask questions. It is important to remember an arrest for DUI does not mean that you are guilty of DUI.


  • Investigations in DUI Cases Georgia Private Investigators Association 2007
  • ICLE Institute for Continuing Legal Education 2006
  • Investigations in DUI Cases Georgia Private Investigators Association 2004
  • DUI Defense Institute for Continuing Legal Education 2004
  • Legal Ethics in a DUI Case ICLE Defense of Drinking Drivers Institute 2002
  • Cross Examination Defending at DUI Case 2000


  • Investigations in DUI Cases Highlighted Speaker Georgia Association of Private Investigators 2007
  • ICLE Speaker- Teaching Lawyers DUI Defense ICLE 2006
  • ICLE Teaching Lawyers DUI Defense ICLE 2004
  • Instructor Defending a DUI Case Georgia Indigent Defense Council 2000
  • NHTSA Standardized Field Sobriety Instructor NHTSA 2000
  • Speaker Georgia Indigent Defense Council 2000
  • DUI and Vehicular Homicide Course, Prosecuting Attorneys Council of Georgia 1996
  • Phi Theta Kappa Award Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society 1990

Certificate of completion of the DUI and Vehicular Homicide Prosecutor Course from the Prosecuting Attorneys Council of Georgia

Certificate of completion of the Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Instructor Course from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

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