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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.