We are a DUI defense law firm. We represent drivers charged with DUI. DUI defense is one of the most complex areas of law. Most DUI cases involve scientific evidence and questions of constitutional law. It can be a mistake to assume you have no defense to a DUI arrest and plead guilty before speaking with an attorney. Many DUI cases can be dismissed or reduced even before trial with the help of a knowledgeable DUI defense attorney. In other cases, a jury trial may be your best and sometimes only option to beat a DUI. In all cases, your attorney should prepare the case for trial to ensure the best possible outcome.
You should meet with several attorneys. It is important you have confidence in the knowledge, skill and experience of the attorney you choose to represent you. Keep in mind that cost, while important, should not be the determinative factor in hiring an attorney. The cheapest attorney is usually not the least expensive attorney in the long run.
During your consultation, you should ask the following questions:
Have you tried DUI jury trials before this court?
Often attorneys take cases in courts they are unfamiliar with. The defense attorney is at a disadvantage and has to rely upon the prosecutor to indicate what the judge may be willing to do in your case. The defense attorney will not know about specific procedures unique to the judge who is hearing your case. Your defense will be stronger if the prosecutor and the judge already know and respect your attorney.
What can you tell me about the arresting officer?
…the judge? …the prosecutor?
Knowing the “players” in your case will significantly increases the chance of beating a DUI. An attorney who knows everyone involved can better gage what issues will be determinative and more accurately predict the outcome.
Have you ever won a DUI case similar to mine?
Ask about case specifics such as, if you gave a breath sample, ask if the attorney has won a breath test case? If you have a DUI drugs case with blood test results, ask if the attorney has won a DUI drugs case with blood test results. It is important your attorney know what it takes to win a case with your particular issues. Be sure to ask for the court and court case number of any case cited as an example so you can confirm what you have been told.
What practice areas does your law firm handle?
To be fair, an attorney does not have to “just” practice DUI defense to be a strong DUI defense attorney, but if a large percentage of the attorney’s practice is not devoted to DUI defense, it is unlikely the attorney has the DUI specific knowledge, skill and experience necessary to win your case.
Will you be the attorney actually representing me in court?
Bait and switch is never a good thing! Not when buying a product or retaining professional services. You are selecting an attorney based upon your impressions during the consultation. Make sure you are retaining the attorney who impressed you and not someone you’ll meet for the first time when they introduce themselves to you in the courtroom.
What DUI specific training do you have?
Ask the attorney to explain the standardized field sobriety evaluations, the Intoxilyzer 5000 or 9000, the H.P. Gas Chromatograph (if a blood test is involved), the metabolism of alcohol in the human body, the elements of the offense(s) you are charged with and the case law involved in the defenses available to you. While you’re at it, consider asking why the attorney represents driver’s accused of DUI.
How do you expect to win my case?
Before you retain counsel, you should know how the attorney expects to win or resolve your case. You should have a very clear idea of the issues, risks and likelihood of success. If you were hiring a contractor to repair your home or a mechanic to fix your car, you would expect no less. A DUI conviction is a serious matter. Don’t be less careful hiring your attorney than you would be in choosing a mechanic or contractor.
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Lance has established himself as one of the top DUI attorneys in Georgia. He is one of only a handful of attorneys that I see who are 100% committed to winning their cases. If you are charged with DUI, you will be in good hands with Lance. I highly recommend him.
Michael Jacobs DUI & DWI Attorney
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I endorse this lawyer. Lance is a tough litigator who fights hard for his clients. He has excellent knowledge of DUI law and a strong courtroom presence. He is especially good at cross-examining police officers. Lance does a great job for his clients.
Bob Giannini Criminal Defense Attorney
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|GA||Active Member in Good Standing||2003||10/07/2015|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Georgia Top Attorneys||Atlanta Journal & Constitution||2015|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2014|
|Client Distinction Award||Martindale-Hubbell||2014|
|Super Lawyer Rising Star||Georgia Super Lawyers||2013|
|Client Distinction Award||Martindale-Hubbell||2013|
|Preeminent Client Award||Martindale-Hubbell||2012|
|Client's Choice Award||AVVO||2012|
|Super Lawyer-Rising Star||Georgia Super Lawyers||2012|
|Gwinnett Pro Bono Project Award||Atlanta Legal Aid Society||2011|
|Pro Bono Honor Roll||State Bar of Georgia||2011|
|Preeminent Client Rating||Martindale-Hubble||2011|
|Excellence for the Future Award-Advanced Criminal Litigation||Georgia State University College of Law||2003|
|National Mock Trial Championship||Michigan State University-Detroit College of Law National Invitational Mock Trial Competition||2001|
|Distinguished Service Award||Gwinnett County||1993|
|Honor Graduate & Class President||Northeast Georgia Police Academy||1988|
|Honor Graduate||Army Primary Leadership Development Course||1985|
|Good Conduct Medal||U.S. Army||1985|
|Army Achievement Medal||U.S. Army||1984|
|Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal||U.S. Army||1983|
|Combat Infantry Badge||U.S. Army||1983|
|Army Commendation Medal||U.S. Army||1983|
|Expert Infantry Badge||U.S. Army||1983|
|Basic Parachutist Badge||U.S. Army||1982|
|Managing Member||Tyler Law Firm, LLC||2007 - Present|
|Senior Regional Counsel||NAGE||2004 - 2008|
|Assistant Solicitor-Externship||Gwinnett County Solicitor's Office||2002 - 2003|
|Assistant District Attorney-3rd Year Internship||Prosecuting Attorney's Council of Georgia||2002 - 2002|
|Adjunct Instructor||Northeast Georgia Police Academy||1995 - 2002|
|Training Corporal & SWAT Team Member||Hall County Sheriff's Office||1995 - 1997|
|K-9 Sergeant||Gwinnett Sheriff's Office||1987 - 1993|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Defense of Drinking Drivers (DODD)||Member||2015 - 2016|
|The Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce||Member||2010 - 2013|
|National College for DUI Defense||General Member||2010 - Present|
|The Gwinnett Bar Association, Criminal Defense Section||Member||2009 - Present|
|Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||2008 - Present|
|State Bar of Georgia, Criminal Law Section||Member||2008 - Present|
|The DeKalb County Bar Association||Member||2008 - 2013|
|State v. B.S. Gwinnett State Court||3rd DUI Reduced to Reckless Driving|
|State v I.A. DeKalb State Court||DUI Dismissed|
|State v. E.S. Barrow County Superior Court||DUI Reduced to Reckless Driving|
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|Gwinnett Bar Association Newsletter||Fourth Amendment Trumps Implied Consent||2015|
|Avvo.com||Using the Georgia Open Records Act to Win Your DUI Case||2011|
|Avvo.com||Understanding Drug Field Sobriety Evaluations||2010|
|Avvo.com||Understanding the Field Sobriety Evaluations||2009|
|Georgia Assc. Criminal Defense Lawyers||N/A||N/A||2014|
|National College For DUI Defense||N/A||Defend With Ingenuity Seminar||2011|
|National College For DUI Defense||N/A||Understanding Gas Chromatography||2011|
|National College For DUI Defense||N/A||When the Breath Machine Malfunctions||2011|
|National College For DUI Defense||N/A||The Cure For Bad Breath/Contesting Intoxilyzer Results||2011|
|Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||N/A||Demanding Forensic Accountability and Integrity from the Govt.||2010|
|National Highway Traffic Safety Administration||N/A||Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement||2010|
|National Highway Traffic Safety Administration||N/A||Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Instructor||2010|
|National Highway Traffic Safety Administration||N/A||DUI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Evalutions||2009|
|Georgia State University College of Law||Law||Juris Doctor||2003|
|Georgia State University||Criminal Justice||Bachelor of Science, Cum Laude||1999|
|Peace Officer Standards & Training Council||N/A||Emergency Medical Instructor Certification||1996|
|Peace Officer Standards & Training Council||N/A||Firearms Instructor Certification||1996|
|Peace Officer Standards & Training Council||N/A||Senior Police Instructor||1996|
|Georgia Bureau of Investigations Department of Forensic Science||N/A||Intoxilyzer 5000 Operator Course||1996|
|Peace Officer Standards & Training Council||N/A||Advanced Police Officer Certification||1995|
|Peace Officer Standards & Training Council||N/A||Intermediate Police Officer Certification||1992|
|Georgia Bureau of Investigations Department of Forensic Science||N/A||Intoximeter 3000 Operator Course||1989|
|Peace Officer Standards & Training Council||N/A||Basic Police Officer Certification||1988|
|Criminal Defense Bar Meeting||Constitutional Challenges to Georgia's Implied Consent Law||2015|
|DUI Task Force Training||Cross Examination||2011|
|National Traffic Safety Administration Field Sobriety Instructor Training Course||DUI Detection & Standardized Field Sobriety Evaluations||2010|
|Atlanta Police Academy||Police Officer Liability||2007|
|Northeast Georgia Police Academy||Eye Witness Identification||2003|
|Prosecuting Attorneys' Council of Georgia||Cross Examination||2002|
|Bleckley Inn of Court||Impeachment||2002|
|Northeast Georgia Police Academy||Crime Scene Processing||1997|
|North Georgia College & State University||Specialized Patrol Techniques||1994|