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Richard Scott Lawson

About me

My practice is focused on aggressive DUI defense.   Most attorneys are "general practitioners" that take a variety of cases.  I focus my practice of DUI Defense.  As a former prosecutor, I am trained by the same people who are prosecuting your case.  I will use my experience to get you the best possible result.  I am an Atlanta DUI Lawyer, and the Atlanta DUI Lawyers in my office serve all of Metro-Atlanta and all of North Georgia.


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  1. DUI & DWI: 100%
    21 years, 4.6 thousand cases



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Attorney endorsements

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  • Frank Thomas Gomez

    I endorse this lawyer's work. Richard is an awesome trial attorney that gets the job done in court and behind the scenes for his clients.He has a tremendous dedication for the practice of law and cares deeply about providing zealous representation to his clients. I constantly contact Richard to get his perspective about my cases and various legal issues pertaining to DUI law. I cannot think of a finer person of good ethical character than Richard Lawson to be your attorney if you need help with a criminal matter.


    Frank Gomez DUI and DWI Attorney
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  • Allison Elizabeth McCarthy

    As a fellow attorney in the Atlanta/Athens area, I have known Richard Lawson for a long time. He has a fantastic presence in the courtroom. He defends and is behind his client 110%. I have seen him conduct hearings and trials in DUI cases, with great confidence. He is extremely knowledgeable and keeps up with current law.


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Contact info

The Law Offices of Richard S. Lawson

4060 Peachtree Road
Suite D #415
Atlanta, GA, 30319

The Law Offices of Richard S. Lawson

300 Colonial Center Pkwy, Suite 100
Roswell, GA, 30076

The Law Offices of Richard S. Lawson

1827 Powers Ferry Road Bldg. 5
Marietta, GA, 30339

The Law Offices of Richard S. Lawson

487 Morrision Moore Parkway West
Dahlonega, GA, 30533

The Law Offices of Richard S. Lawson

1755 North Brown Road
Suite 200
Lawrenceville, GA, 30045

The Law Offices of Richard S. Lawson

131 Prominence Court, Suite 100
Dawsonville, GA, 30534



GAActive Member in Good Standing 199508/05/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Featured SpeakerDUI Investigations LLC2013
Mentor VolunteerSupreme Court of Georgia2012
Fee Arbitration JudgeState Bar of Georgia2009
Investigations in DUI Cases Highlighted SpeakerGeorgia Association of Private Investigators2007
ICLE Speaker- Teaching Lawyers DUI DefenseICLE2006
ICLE Teaching Lawyers DUI DefenseICLE2004
US District Court Northern District of Georgia AdmissionUnited States District Court Northern District of Geogia2001
NHTSA Standardized Field Sobriety InstructorNHTSA2000
DUI / DWI NHTSA Field Sobriety InstructorNational Highway Traffic Safety Administration2000
SpeakerGeorgia Indigent Defense Council2000
Instructor Defending a DUI CaseGeorgia Indigent Defense Council2000
DUI and Vehicular Homicide CourseProsecuting Attorneys Council of Georgia1996
Supreme Court of Georgia AdmissionGeorgia Supreme Court1995
Georgia Court of Appeals AdmissionGeorgia Court of Appeals1995
Emory Mock Trial Program Winning AttorneyEmory University Law School1994
Phi Theta Kappa AwardPhi Theta Kappa Honor Society1990
Canoe / Small Craft InstructorAmerican Red Cross1988
Advanced LifesavorAmerican Red Cross1986
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
SpeakerInstitute of Continuing Legal Education2002 - Present
Attorney / OwnerLaw Office of Richard S. Lawson1997 - Present
Court Appointed "A" rated AttorneyGwinnett County Court Appointed "A" List1997 - 2001
AssociateLaw Office of Turner and Willis1997 - 1997
Court Appointed Felony Defense AttorneyEnotah Judicial Circuit1997 - 2004
Assistant District AttorneyEnotah Judicial Circuit District Attorney1995 - 1997
Court Appointed Public DefenderCity of Roswell Georgia1995 - 2003
Court Appointed Public DefenderCity of Alpharetta Georgia1995 - 2000
Assistant Solicitor GeneralGwinnett County Solicitor General's Office1995 - 1995
Summer AssociateFriedman and Montalto1994 - 1994
Summer AssociateWayne County Michigan Prosecutor1993 - 1993
Association namePosition nameDuration
United State District Court Northern District GeorgiaAdmitted2001 - Present
Georgia DODD GroupMember1997 - Present
Georgia Defense of Drinking DriversMember1997 - Present
State Bar of GeorgiaActive Member1995 - Present
Georgia Court of AppealsAdmitted1995 - Present
Georgia Supreme CourtAdmitted1995 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. DSNo Jail!
State v. BCReckless Driving on 2nd DUI
State v. SHCase Reduced to Reckless Driving
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Publication nameTitleDate
DUI Super SymposiumPlea Negotiations Powerpoint2013
www.dui.infoGeorgia DUI Information Website2012
Navigating DUI Drug CasesThe Inside Minds2012
Thomson ReutersNavigating DUI Drug Cases2012
Georgia DUI AttorneyGeorgia DUI Lawyer2012
Atlanta DUI LawyerAtlanta DUI Attorney2012
Georgia Association of Private InvestigatorsInvestigations in DUI CASES2007
Defense of Drinking Driver's InstituteOpening Statement and Voir Dire2006
Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE Georgia)Voir Dire and Opening Statements2006
Georgia Association of Private InvestigatorsDUI Investigations2005
Defense of Drinking Drivers Institute"It's Only a DUI"2004
Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE Georgia)Only a DUI2004
Defense of Drinking Drivers InstituteLegal Ethics2002
Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE Georgia)Ethics2002
Institute of Continuing Legal Education (Georgia)Client Intake Form2001
Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE Georgia)Fee Agreements2001
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
National Highway Traffic Safety AdministrationDUI / DWI Field Sobriety InstructorCertified DUI / DWI Field Sobriety Instructor2000
Emory University School of LawJ.D.JD - Juris Doctor1995
University of MichiganPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1992
Northwestern Michigan CollegeAssociate of ArtsAssociate of Arts1990
American Red CrossSmall Craft InstructorSmall Craft Instructor Certification1988
Wayne County School of LawAdministrative Law Class 1993N/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
DUI Super SymposiumPlea Negotiations2013
Georgia Private Investigators AssociationInvestigations in DUI Cases2007
Institute for Continuing Legal EducationICLE2006
Georgia Association of Private InvestigatorsDUI Investigations2005
Institute for Continuing Legal EducationDUI Defense2004
Georgia Private Investigators AssociationInvestigations in DUI Cases2004
ICLE Defense of Drinking Drivers InstituteLegal Ethics in a DUI Case2002
Defense of Drinking Drivers GroupUsing an Investigator in DUI Cases2002
Defending at DUI CaseCross Examination2000
Forsyth County Sheriff's ReserveDUI Investigations1999