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Richard Scott Lawson

Atlanta DUI / DWI Attorney.

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  1. Suspension of department of defence driving privileges , i live on base with my children , husband at sea , need to appeal

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Richard Scott Lawson
    2. Benjamin J Lieberman
    2 lawyer answers

    I would not trust that any .12 DUI would be reduced to reckless driving unless that offer has been extended to you by the prosecutor in your case. Advice from police officers or others that your case should be reduced is not a plea offer. Only the prosecutor, which will be either a Solicitor General, District Attorney, or Assistant US Attorney can extend a plea offer. You need to hire an attorney immediately. Find an attorney in your area and get real advice. A reduction to reckless...

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  2. Second marijuana possession charge

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Brett Ladd
    2. Richard Scott Lawson
    2 lawyer answers

    The decision to move a case to Superior Court should only be made after consulting with an attorney. That is a strategic decision that cannot be undone. If you court is pending in municipal court (for example), it is possible a case can be reduced to a local ordinance that would not be reported on your criminal record. In additional, many superior courts punish repeat offenders more severely than municipal court. Of course, a lawyer familiar with the particular court where you are charged,...

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  3. What would most likely be my consequence of theft by shoplifting at a target,was not arrested but has a set court date?

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Benjamin David Goldberg
    2. Jessica Ruth Towne
    3. Richard Scott Lawson
    3 lawyer answers

    Ben and Jessica are correct. It is important to take any criminal charge seriously. The decisions you make today are for life. Most of the decisions cannot be revisited later in life. Many courts have pre-trial diversion programs that can result in a dismissal if successfully completed. In addition, as in any criminal charge, you may have legal and procedural defenses to the charge. His an attorney immediately to protect your rights and your future.

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  4. What is the punishment for a first probation violarion on misdemeanor DUI probation? It is a tehnical violation.

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Michael M. Hawkins
    2. Robert M. Gardner Jr.
    3. Richard Scott Lawson
    3 lawyer answers

    Most technical violations can be resolved without jail time if the probationer makes a good attempt to resolve the violation. For example, if the violation is failure to complete community service, immediately volunteer over the next couple of days an knock out 20 hours of community service. I have always founds that a probationer will get jail time when his probation officer or sentencing judge loses faith in him. The key is to show good faith by making an attempt to get the condition of...

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  5. I was arrested for DUI last week. This is my second. My first was 21 years ago. I live in Athens GA. What now?

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Holly Wilkinson Veal
    2. Richard Scott Lawson
    3. Morris Hugh Wiltshire Jr.
    4. Christopher Daniel Leroi
    4 lawyer answers

    The first thing that needs to be done is your ALS Letter, generally referred to as the 10 day letter. DUI Defense has changed since your last DUI. You have 10 business days to request a hearing with the Georgia Department of Drivers Services. Your attorney should do the request for you to make sure it's done correctly. The State of Georgia charges $150 to file the letter. You lawyer will pass that charge onto you as an expense. The second thing that needs to be done is the filing of...

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  6. What if someone completed a case with Deferred Adjudication can it showed up on there criminal background as a conviction

    Answered about 3 years ago.

    1. Richard Scott Lawson
    2. A James Rockefeller
    3. Charles E.W. Barrow
    4. Ebony C. Ameen
    4 lawyer answers

    There is a difference between a dismissal and an expungement. Upon completion of deferred adjudication a person gets the case dismissed. When a criminal record is viewed, the arrest will still be there. In certain circumstances, a person can apply to have the record expunged. Such expungement must be agreed upon by the prosecutor. As a result, it is best to have the expungement agreed upon prior to the plea bargain and as a condition therein. Otherwise, they may not agree to it after the fact.

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  7. My son was locked up for loitering and prowl he is 17 first time ever in any trouble can you get a fine or will he get probation

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. A James Rockefeller
    2. Richard Scott Lawson
    3. Kimberly Keheley Frye
    4. Greg Howard Bell
    4 lawyer answers

    There are many defenses to a loitering charge because the charge itself is very subjective. Many normal activities can be considered loitering. This is not a black and white charge. I would suggest you hire an attorney for your son. The case could possibly be dismissed. Otherwise, he may qualify for a diversion program that would ultimately result in a dismissal. At a minimum, he would likely get first offender probation. Richard Lawson Attorney at Law

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  8. I have a warrant on a 1st dui in henry county. What should i do?

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Michael M. Hawkins
    2. Richard Scott Lawson
    3. A James Rockefeller
    4. Joe Perkins Jr.
    5. Richard Timothy Jones
    5 lawyer answers

    I agree with Attorney Hawkins. The reason you hire a lawyer is to have someone advocating for you on the outside once you turn yourself in. A public defender can be appointed once arrested, but you are not legally entitled to a public defender on a probation violation. Also, even if appointed, it could take several days for a public defender to come see you. With a private lawyer, you can arrange a turn in time and have that attorney immediately working with the probation officer and...

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  9. Georgia DMV practices relating to the DLC and NDR

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Richard Scott Lawson
    2. Kimberly Keheley Frye
    3. Ted Harvatin
    4. James C Forslund
    4 lawyer answers

    My experience is that Georgia will not issue a license to someone who cannot bring in a valid license or a clearance letter from the State that they have a license. I deal with this all the time because my practice is located in North Georgia. I have many clients with Tennessee and North Carolina licenses. Many live on the Georgia border. Many also have family in Georgia and move back and forth. In order to get a Georgia license they cannot have a hold on their license in any other state....

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  10. I have my first probation meeting in Gwinnett County tomorrow, but the whole state is currently closed due to snow.

    Answered about 4 years ago.

    1. Jodie E. Rosser
    2. Elmer H. Young III
    3. Richard Scott Lawson
    4. Phillip Darrell Kimbrell
    5. Jessica Ruth Towne
    5 lawyer answers

    There is also a possibility that the Gwinnett Courts will be closed tomorrow. Their closing mirror the school closings. So, check on school closings. You could also call and try to send a fax to your probation officer.

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