Recognized as among the top100 Lawyers in Georgia & Top 40 Lawyers Under the 40 by the National Trial Lawyers along with SuperLawyer as published in Atlanta Magazine, Rick has earned the reputation for fearlessly defending difficult DUI cases. He was also awarded The Most Amazing Winning Streak (2011), DUI Lawyer of the Year (2009) and the Most Amazing verdict of Acquittal by the Georgia DODD group.
Rick Ryczek tirelessly defends those accused of DUI, and challenges himself to obtain favorable results in every case. He graduated from the University of Georgia in 1994 and worked as a Deputy Clerk of Superior Court in Gwinnett County while waiting to enter law school. In 1999 Rick graduated from Georgia State University School of Law, and began his legal career with the Rockdale County Public Defender’s Office. At the Public Defender’s Office he represented hundreds of DUI cases. Rick left the Public Defender’s Office in 2001 and worked for the DUI firm of Clark & Towne, P.C. until May of 2004 when he started his own practice.
Rick wants to “know his enemy.” This is why he purchased an Intoxilyzer 5000 machine, the same breathalyzer machine that Georgia police officers use. Rick conducts experiments on the machine to understand the strengths and weaknesses of the machine.
In 2005 he graduated from The Trial Lawyers College. Rick was selected as one of fifty lawyers from across the country to attend Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College at Thunderhead Ranch in Wyoming. There, Rick studied trial techniques focusing on how to better connect with jurors and present his clients’ cases. Rick has attended graduate courses at the Trial Lawyers College every year since graduating in 2005.
He is a guest instructor for Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council. He served as Vice-President of the Georgia Society for Criminal Justice and Secretary of the Gwinnett County Bar’s Criminal Defense Section. Rick is also a member of the National College for DUI Defense and the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Rick closely watches his caseload to ensure that he can give each case the attention it deserves. Cases are won and lost in the office as well as in the field. Preparation is the key to success, and Rick’s low caseload allows him to leave no stone unturned.
If your case goes to trial, Rick provides you with access to the most qualified expert witnesses for testimony and consultation. From university professors to former DUI-Task Force police officers, Rick can provide your judge or jury with the information necessary to educate them with the whole truth about field sobriety evaluations and the Intoxilyzer 5000 machine. Rick was also one of a select few lawyers in Georgia to utilize the power of focus groups and mock jury trials in DUI cases. In mock jury trials/focus groups Rick hires citizens similar to the jurors in your jurisdiction, and along with another lawyer he will present your trial to the “mock” jurors to gain a deeper understanding of your case.
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Rick's modest and approachable style of interaction is so effective because of his massive underlying bank of knowledge and experience. Prosecutors listen and take him seriously because they've seen what he is capable of.
Samuel Bagwell DUI & DWI Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
Back when I was a prosecutor, Rick and I had a case together and he was relentless in doing everything he could for a client with a very difficult set of facts. The case was made more difficult by the bureaucratic red tape to get his client into one of the court sanctioned treatment programs. Rick was able to not only strongly advocate on behalf of his client but he also navigated the other details of the case with precision. While we were adversaries in that case, I've seen the commitment he has to his clients and have to say that he is one of the few DUI attorneys in the area that I would recommend to a friend or family member. Plus, he's a great guy to boot.
Sean Park DUI & DWI Attorney
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
|GA||Active Member in Good Standing||1999||01/14/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||National Trial Lawyers||2012|
|Top 40 Georgia Lawyers Under 40||National Trial Lawyers||2012|
|Georgia SuperLawyer||As Published in Atlanta Magazine||2012|
|Super Lawyer -Rising Star||Georgia Trend||2011|
|Most Amazing Winning Streak||Georgia Dodd Group||2011|
|DUI Lawyer of the Year||Defense of Drinking Drivers Institute||2009|
|Rising Star Attorney||Atlanta Magazine||2008|
|Georgia Rising Star as Published in Atlanta Magazine||Atlanta Magazine||2007|
|Georgia Rising Star DUI Lawyer||Atlanta Magazine||2006|
|Georgia Rising Star DUI Lawyer||Atlanta Magazine||2005|
|Most Amazing Jury Acquittal||Georgia Group/Defense of Drinking Drivers||2002|
|DUI Lawyer||Clark & Towne P.C.||2001 - 2004|
|Lead Assistant Public Defender in the DUI Court||Rocdale Public Defender's Office||1999 - 2001|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Area Vice-President||2008 - 2008|
|Georgia Defense of Drinking Drivers (Dodd)Group||Member||2001 - 2008|
|National College of DUI Defense||General Member||2001 - 2008|
|Institute of Continuing Legal Education||Cross Examination/Keeping the Cop Under Control||2009|
|Institute for Continuing Legal Education||How to Use the ALS Hearing to Limit Issues at Trial||2008|
|Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Spring Seminar Materials||Lephrechauns, Unicorns, the Constitution and Other Figments of the Imagination||2008|
|Defense of Drinking Drivers||Field Sobriety Tests-How to use them to your Advantage||2008|
|Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE Georgia)||How to Use the ALS Hearing to Win at Trial||2002|
|Georgia State University College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1999|
|Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council||Cross Examination||2009|
|Drivers License Suspensions and Revocations||Cross Examination||2009|
|Institute of Continuing Legal Education||Using Field Sobriety Evaluations to your Advantage||2008|
|Handling Drivers License Suspensions and Revocations||Using the Administrative Hearing to Limit Issues at Trial||2008|
|Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Spring Meeting||Constitutional Issues in Criminal Defense||2008|
|Georgia Public Standards and Training Council||DUI Related Issues||2007|
|Handling DUI Administrative Suspensions||How to Use the ALS Hearing to Win at Trial||2002|