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Richard T. Ryczek Jr.

DUI and DWI Attorney at Lawrenceville, GA

4.8   39 reviews

also known as Rick Ryczek

  • Licensed for 24 years
    State GA
    Acquired 1999
    Status
    Active Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Richard

Learn Richard’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. DUI and DWI
    60%
    Top 100 SuperLawyer as Published in Atlanta Magazine

    26 years

  2. Criminal defense
    20%
    Best Lawyers "Top 10" as published in U.S. News and World Report

    26 years

  3. Personal injury
    20%
    Top 25 Motor Vehicle Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers

    26 years

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.

  ADVANCED KNOWLEDGE


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.

  ADVANCED TRAINING

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. 

  LEADERSHIP

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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My motivations for helping people avoid Georgia DUI convictions.
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Location

Richard T. Ryczek, Jr., LLC
368 W. Pike Street
Suit 203
Lawrenceville, GA, 30045-4860
The Ryczek Firm, P.C.
Buford Hwy,
Duluth, GA, 30096
The Ryczek Firm, P.C.
Lawrenceville Street, NW
Norcross, GA
The Ryczek Firm, P.C.
Green Street, SE
Gainesville, GA, 30501
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Hwy 53
Braselton, GA, 30517
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Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  39 customer reviews
Posted by sj | October 26, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best criminal defense attorney Ever
I had read about Rick's fantastic rating before I had hired him for a major criminal case.He researched a lot about the specifics of my case and represented me very effectively. He did not promise me anything that was not doable and ensured that every single detail was carefully reviewed. I have great admiration for his legal skills as he successfully handled my entire case spanning over 6.5 years.
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Posted by anonymous | August 24, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyer, extremely professional, knowledgable and conscientious
Mr. Ryczek did an excellent job for me delivering a great result in my case which could damage my whole life and professional career. His expertise together with his genuine care for the case and client and high intelligence saved me a lot of trouble. I highly recommend his service. Let me start by saying that I am international PhD student (under F1 visa) from Iran (which could unreasonably amplify the negative effects of any serious conviction on my immigration and education status). I was arrested by campus police officers at night, while trying to get something from my office. They stopped me for expired tag and after smelling marijuana from my car, they searched my car and did field sobriety test. Long story short, I was arrested and charged with 1) DUI-drugs 2) possession of marijuana (I only had 1 grams) 3) having alcohol open container 4) failure to signal. They also did a blood test after arrest. I should mention that although I was using marijuana a lot those days for sleeping and depression, my driving was not really affected as my tolerance had raised a lot. Since it was my first encounter with cops in US (and I hadn't really researched about my rights and how to interact with cops), I did an awful job (in my opinion) interacting with cops and I trusted them a too much. But they more or less lied to me and made my situation way worse than what really happened that night. Later on, I was very frustrated when I read the police report which was a surrealistic collection of lies. After bonding out, I immediately started to search for the best DUI lawyers in Georgia and interviewed some of the most known lawyers in the area, as this could affect my career and immigration status massively. Among all the lawyers, I felt more genuine concern about my case, beside being honest about possible outcomes and what he can do and after researching a lot, I realized he is an extremely well regarded and successful lawyer, and therefore the best choice for me. Let me mention for instance that there were another very famous lawyer with a lot of TV appearances, who not only wanted to charge me way more, but also were very pessimistic about the result. Rick did way better than what he was considering impossible! Throughout the procedure which took around 1 year, he used every chance to dismiss my case for various reasons, which showed to me how extremely knowledgable he is about the details of the law on this subject (once for prosecutors not filing the charges correctly, once for not giving us the blood test and cam video on time, once for the cop not showing up). Our requests did not work mostly because the judge was nice to the prosecutors, but I witnessed that Rick did push for a dismissal whenever it was possible. Finally after we received the blood test and the video, I realized that the active marijuana in my blood was quite high (0.9 when the limit for DUI in CO is 0.5) and the field tests were not as good as I previously thought. It was not awful, but definitely not good. So we started to cut a deal. One thing I realized was that it is very important for the lawyers to have good relations with prosecutors, judge and staff (for cutting deals) and Rick had this great as he was very friendly and respectful (and sometimes funny!) and so very much respected in the court. Finally we reached a deal that I was very happy with. They dropped the DUI/possession/open container charges (all drug/alc related charges) and I pled guilty to 1) failure to signal 2) reckless driving. Sentenced to 200 (for 1) and 600$ (for 2) fines (judge dropped 200$). Also a 1 year probation including random alc/drug tests, dui school, community service and Alc/drug evaluation. Rick requested the probation to be terminated after completing my conditions which was accepted. So since I had done all that stuff, after paying the fine on the same day, my probation was terminated and I put all of this big trouble behind! I highly recommend Rick's service!
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Posted by anonymous | May 7, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Dui case
The Ryczek firm represented me in a professional form in which we won, the firm communicated through out until the case closed. Would like to thank each and everyone that worked on Mr. Ryczek's behalf, you guys are awesome and thanks for the outcome & the experience.Highly recommended
Posted by anonymous | January 18, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Very Quick Answer
The answer to my question it was almost instantaneously, that quick he respond. Thanks!!! I save his telephone number for a future service if I need it.
Posted by anonymous | December 27, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Look No Further
I was absolutely hopeless and lost before calling Mr. Ryckzek to help me with my case. My case involved 7 charges, greatly ranging in their severity of punishments. Two horrible nerve racking years passed. The entire time that I was stressing out Rick was there to calm me down. He's brilliant, to say the least. I never felt "alone" or discouraged after speaking to him. I really felt like I had a good friend going wit me to court on one of the worst days of my life. Once my case finally came to court, everything was settled according to what we had discussed and agreed to, etc. I was totally satisfied with the outcome. I felt like a new person again; like I had this new lease on life. Highly recommend! Look No Further!
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Posted by anonymous | November 12, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Former Client
I could not be more pleased with the outcome of my case-Dismissed! I met with Rick, and he explained my case, the good and bad parts, in a way that was easily understandable to me. He kept me informed the whole time, and I wasn't nervous in court, because he let me know what to expect. It is evident that Rick is knowledgeable and respected by other lawyers too. When we were in court multiple lawyers approached him asking his advice on their clients' cases.
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Posted by anonymous | October 6, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent!
Reached out to Rick when we needed a well respected lawyer in the Lawrenceville area. Going strictly on reviews, I felt an instant rapport after he spent much time on the initial call, with his very calm manner. He spent a long time with us in person exhibiting tremendous knowledge of the law and over the top concern. The outcome was better than we could have hoped. I would highly recommend Rick to anyone facing a DUI charge. I'm still amazed at how well he weaved his magic in this case.
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Posted by anonymous | September 22, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Rick handled my case
Unparalleled quality and success with overstated charges. 4 of 5 charges eliminated and one reduced to a factual decision. Don' t take on the law without an expert in legal advise! This councilor will do that.
Posted by anonymous | June 15, 2015
Very Helpful
I found Richard to be very helpful, knowledgeable and prompt on all communication. He was also very compassionate and truly seems to care about the well being of his clients. I would highly recommend Richard Ryczek as a very qualified attorney.
Posted by anonymous | May 1, 2015
Personable, powerful lawyer
Mr. Ryczek is a wonderful lawyer who simplifies legal jargon for his clients to understand. His responses are prompt and his office assistants are accommodating.
Posted by anonymous | January 19, 2014
Multiple DUIs
I had 3 pending DUI cases within one year with a previous DUI 4 years prior. I originally sought legal advise from a local attorney with little hope for a positive outcome for my pending cases. Rick, on the other hand, was willing to work hard on my behalf with each case. One DUI was dropped completely and I am happy with the results of the other DUIs. Rick and his team are excellent. They will keep you informed, help you in every aspect of your case and they sincerely care about the clients overall well-being and outcome of the case(s). The Ryczek Firm has been a Godsend for me and I refer him to everyone.
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Posted by Derrick | December 22, 2013
DUI Client
I had two DUIs and Rick was able to get one completely dismissed. I plea guilty to wreckless driving on the 2nd case. I had to be on probation, but it helped me keep my job and not get fired. All the other lawyers tole me that my case was hopeless but Rick worked harder than the other lawyers. I don't know what I would have done with out him.
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Posted by Velma | May 18, 2013
Justice for Us.
Richard was very well prepared for the case. He researched information for this case and it was a wealth of knowledge and the trial was to our favor thanks to how prepared he was. Wonderful and caring person, really cares for his clients.
Posted by Martin | February 10, 2013
Outstanding help and advice
I came to Rick to get some help and advice on a personal matter. For a young man his age he is far beyond his years in wisdom. His advice was grounded, thoughtful, and right on target. I consider him my family lawyer from now on.
Posted by anonymous | March 6, 2012
Rick is the Man!
With his experience, connections, and dedication, Rick has always been able to obtain favorable results or decisions in my cases.
Posted by Katie | February 21, 2012
Great Lawyer
Excellent lawyer and firm as a whole! Rick himself is responsive; he follows up and follows through! I will recommend The Ryczek Firm to anyone I know with legal disputes! He was helpful, patient and had lovely assistants! Thank You Rick!
Posted by anonymous | April 22, 2011
Stop your search. Rick Ryczek is the BEST!
I was arrested for driving without headlights, DUI, and fleeing and alluding a police officer. I was EXTREMELY frightened of what consequences such charges might mean for my career and my future. A prominent Personal Injury/Wrongful Death attorney in Atlanta recommended I call Rick ASAP, stating he was the best DUI attorney in town. I have a very type A personality and Rick was always patient when answering my questions, and kept me in the loop on the goings-on with the case and what the next steps were. Rick pulled 'rabbits out of his hat' throughout the entire process, which kept me consistently encouraged. To cut to the chase, in the Motions Hearing, Rick was able to get not ONE but ALL of my charges thrown out and the ENTIRE case DISMISSED! His work is second to none and he comes with my highest recommendation!
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Posted by John | November 18, 2010
Extremely grateful
Although I can only speak from personal experience, it's my impression that Rick puts his best in every case. I was referred to Rick by a lawyer who handles legal issues for the company I work for. It seems Rick has an excellent reputation among his peers, as well. I trusted that the recommendation was a good one, and it proved to be true. Rick has also taken the time out of his busy schedule to assist me on other legal matters, not affiliated with the one I selected him for originally. It just shows that Rick is concerned about his clients and wants what's best for them. He is a man of integrity.
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Posted by anonymous | June 1, 2010
Discharged
Rick was on top of his game every step of the way. My case took 2 years to complete and he provided me with peace of mind to continue my life as if the legal matters never existed.
Posted by Steve | April 9, 2010
Wow, the difference in night and day
Wow what can you say. I was charged with 2 types of DUI, reckless and failure to maintain lane. I did not even have to go to trial. Through the motion process, Rick convienced a judge that the officer impeded my right to an independent blood test. It did not help that the jail personal were on tape harassing me. The State appealed and Rick took care of that in no time. I have a reckless offer from the State and plan to move forward. This was a big deal as it affected my professional creditation. All I can say is, it will not happen again and a big thanks to a great attorney! PS: My wife thinks he is a hotty, I just think he is one great attorney!
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • DUI Lawyer
  • Clark & Towne P.C.
  • 2001 - 2004
  • Lead Assistant Public Defender in the DUI Court
  • Rocdale Public Defender's Office
  • 1999 - 2001

Education

  • Georgia State University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Various successful cases
  • Successful Defenses

Associations

  • 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

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Georgia SuperLawyer
  • As Published in Atlanta Magazine
  • 2012
  • Top 40 Georgia Lawyers Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Most Amazing Winning Streak
  • Georgia Dodd Group
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer -Rising Star
  • Georgia Trend
  • 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
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Publications

  • 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
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Speaking Engagements

  • 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
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Attorney endorsements

Received (62)
Given (61)
Endorse Richard
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Rick for years, and he is one of the best criminal defense attorneys in the country. He has taught cross-examination techniques at CLE's, and we were reading motions written by him back in law school over a decade ago. He cares deeply about his clients, and anyone would be lucky to have at attorney of his caliber represent them."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rick is an incredibly skilled and passionate attorney."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Rick is hands down an expert in his field. He is an incredible mentor and someone I trust to help me analyze tough legal issues. I look up to Rick in every way - the way he cares for each and every client, how he leaves no stone left unturned in each case, and gives 150% for every client. Rick is an invaluable mentor to me and someone I am very thankful for as a young attorney. Trusting Rick with your case is one of the best decisions you can make."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rick is among the most knowledgeable criminal defense attorneys I have ever encountered. I regularly refer my clients who find themselves accused of a crime to Rick, and when I do I know that they will have an attorney who fights for them and will always advise them with candor and respect at the most difficult moment in their lives. His results speak for themselves. I enthusiastically endorse Rick Ryczek."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 16
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Rick Ryczek is one of truly elite DUI defense attorneys around. His long, proven track record of success speaks for itself."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Rick and I have worked together on several matters. You will not find a better attorney than Rick. He cares a lot about his clients, and is very passionate about the law. He is also an excellent trial attorney. I would recommend Rick to anyone seeking a criminal defense attorney in Georgia."
Litigation Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the pleasure of working with Rick Ryczek on a case in Gwinnett County. I have also referred DUI clients to Rick. He is an excellent attorney. Above and beyond that, he is a caring person who works very hard for his clients. I will continue to refer cases to Rick Ryczek."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Rick's professionalism and knowledge in the field are above and beyond. I strongly recommend this attorney."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 08
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"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."
Car accident Attorney | Sep 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Rick and I tried a case together with an outstanding verdict for our client in a car wreck case. His trial skills are tremendous and he is a delight to work with."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rick is an outstanding attorney with a wealth of experience. You can trust Rick to work hard to ensure you receive the best possible outcome in your case."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rick it a talented trial lawyer who excels at maximizing the results for his clients. He is a great speaker and understands what it takes to win."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. He is courteous, professional, and a zealous advocate for his clients."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. There is no question that Rick is one of the Best. He puts in the time to make himself a better and it is obvious he cares about his clients and everyone he comes into contact with."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Rick as a criminal defense attorney especially in the area of DUI cases. Rick has the skill, knowledge, desire, temperament, compassion, and personality to make him one of the best DUI attorneys in the state of Georgia in and outside of the courtroom. I highly recommend Rick!"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"What can I say, he is the man. I have watched several of his trials and have been amazed and impressed every time. I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is one of the most dedicated individuals I have ever met when it comes to the profession. When I run into him in court he is always reading material that helps improve his persuasiveness in the courtroom. He has the rare combination of brilliance coupled with a exhaustive work ethic. I would happily send anyone charged with a crime to Mr. Ryczek."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Rick is and exceptional criminal defense lawyer. He has extensive trial experience and fights hard for his clients. He consistently obtains excellent results and is very well respected in the legal community."
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