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Richard Scott Lawson

DUI and DWI Attorney at Atlanta, GA

5.0   655 reviews

Licensed for 27 years

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Practice areas
  1. DUI and DWI
    75%
    Contested DUI Cases and Marijuana Cases Top-Rated and Most Reviewed DUI Lawyer in Georgia

    28 years, 4,800 cases

  2. Criminal defense
    25%
    Contested Criminal Cases. Top-Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Georgia

    28 years, 1,000 cases

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My practice is focused on aggressive DUI and Criminal Defense.   Most attorneys are "general practitioners" that take a variety of cases.  I focus my practice on DUI and Criminal 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.  The DUI and Criminal Defense Lawyers in our office serve all of greater Metro-Atlanta and all of North Georgia.

Awards

Client's Choice 2022,2021,2020,2019,2018,2017,2016,2015,2014,2013,2012,2011,2010
Client's Choice
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Top Contributor 2012
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2012

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Licensed for 27 years
State GA
Status Active Member in Good Standing
Acquired 1995
Updated 02/03/2023

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

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The Law Offices of Richard S. Lawson
3455 Peachtree Rd NE.
Suite 500
Atlanta, GA, 30326
The Law Offices of Richard S. Lawson
1827 Powers Ferry Road Bldg. 5
Marietta, GA, 30339
The Law Offices of Richard S. Lawson
300 Colonial Center Pkwy, Suite 100
Roswell, GA, 30076
The Law Offices of Richard S. Lawson
1755 North Brown Road
Suite 200
Lawrenceville, GA, 30045
The Law Offices of Richard S. Lawson
487 Morrision Moore Parkway West
Dahlonega, GA, 30533
The Law Offices of Richard S. Lawson
131 Prominence Court, Suite 100
Dawsonville, GA, 30534
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Client's Choice
Richard received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2022
Posted by Jacob | May 13, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional and gets things done
Mr Lawson was ready to answer any questions I had and knew exactly what needed to be done to get me the best result. He was ready to go to court as many times as it took to get me the desired result. He is very approachable, knowledgeable and generally cares. Mr. Lawson made what could have been a horrible experience a pleasant one. Follow his advice to the T and he will get you there.
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Posted by Heather | July 29, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A+++
Highly recommend. Richard and his team are the absolute best! They were always available to me and lightening quick to respond to and answer all my questions and concerns . I truly felt I was in the VERY BEST hands as my case was handled discreetly and expertly. The final ruling in my case was a miracle and all credit goes to Richard and his team. If you have gotten a DUI and need high quality representation, Richard is number one in the game. Truly look no further.
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Posted by anonymous | February 1, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Super responsive
A family member was arrested and I had no idea how to proceed. I called several law offices and Mr Lawson responded in minutes. He gave me good information and explained the best way to get them out of jail. He continued to follow up and ensure we understood the process. That 1st 24 hours is so confusing and Mr. Lawson's knowledge and caring got us though it.
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Posted by anonymous | December 5, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Never too busy to help
I’m a long term client mr. Lawson kept me out of jail. He is very professional and never to busy to answer my calls I am very pleased with his work
Posted by anonymous | December 1, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very patient and thorough
I talked to Mr. Lawson nearly 10 years after he worked on a case for me, and he took the time to thoroughly explain new concerns I had. His patience was highly appreciated
Posted by JL | October 5, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Incredible outcome thanks to Mr. Lawson!
While researching lawyers in Georgia for my particular case I was very specific in who I wanted to represent me. After reviewing dozens of firms, I found the Law Offices of Richard S. Lawson. Based on the incredible reviews and years experience he had on both sides (prosecuting attorney and now defense attorney) I determined he was the one I would hire. I called on a Sunday evening and was expecting to get a VM but to my surprise he answered the phone. We spoke about my case and the options I would have, he. was very understanding and informative regarding the legal process that I would encounter. Steps provided by Richard were straight and forthright to a speedy and very favorable outcome in my case. The day of the court hearing, Richard was able to provide me with an outcome that far exceeded my expectations! This man is a miracle worker and I would highly recommend him to anyone! Thank you Mr. Lawson!
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Posted by anonymous | September 8, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Respect and Empathy
I can't speak highly enough of Richard and his whole team. Everyone in his office has treated us with respect and empathy in every conversation. They have been helpful and knowledgeable every step of the way. You cannot go wrong when hiring Richard and/or Kimberly. They truly know what they are doing but they also care and that's what sets them apart from many other lawyers.
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Posted by LARRY | September 2, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent results from RICHARD
I had a difficult problem. Discussed details with Richard and he agreed to take my case. That was the start of our journey. He kept me appraised of the situation and finally we had the anticipated outcome. I would highly recommend Richard.
Posted by Casey | August 25, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Just short of a miracle!
Mr. Lawson represented me in a DUI case in Bartow that was accompanied with a hit and run, failure to maintain lane and 5 lifetime DUIs. He had my hit and run reduced to a failure to report, and my DUI punishment was treated like a 1st offence and 1st in lifetime with all the minimum punishments. He was attentive and easy to talk to. His staff is amazing, and his courtroom skills are impressive. He is always poised and comfortable dealing with you, the DAs, and the Judges. You can’t go wrong with hiring Mr. Lawson and his team.
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Posted by BD | August 22, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney Who Will Get You the Best Possible Outcome
Words cannot express how pleased I am with the services Richard has provided. My case was a difficult one to say the least, with little hope of a positive outcome. My case made it feel as if my future was going to be ruined. I felt a constant, gut-wrenching feeling that my previously bright future was going to be destroyed by the legal situation I was in. RICHARD CHANGED THAT. He was available 24/7 and answered any questions I had. He gave me the comfort of knowing I hired the best and he would work dilligently to achieve the best outcome and nothing less. He exceeded expectations and achieved an excellent outcome for my family and I. He was also a calming presence in the courtroom, given his extensive experience, He gave me my life and future back. If you need an excellent attorney who will stop at nothing to achieve the best possible outcome no matter how difficult your case seems, don't look any further. Richard will get you the best possible outcome.
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Posted by Jennifer | August 17, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Glad I Called
I contacted Mr. Lawson concerning a matter involving a juvenile. My call was returned immediately and I was given an opportunity to explain the circumstances involved. Even tho my case did not fall under his area of expertise and we had to move in another direction I will absolutely call this practice in the event his services are needed.
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Posted by anonymous | August 15, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Defense Attorney
Mr. Lawson did an excellent job representing our son with the best possible outcome.
Posted by TM | August 10, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Completely Satisfied
I had the unfortunate experience of being arrested for DUI in January 2020. Having never been arrested before I was unsure of who to turn and trust. Luckily, Richard Lawson was my first and only call to a DUI attorney. From the beginning he was honest about what he could do for me and what I could expect through this legal journey. Covid did cause some delays in the case being processed through the courts but Mr. Lawson kept me informed the whole time and was available when my spirits were down. Mr. Lawson was able to get my charges reduced and I walked away with my driver's license and no jail time. Thank you Mr. Lawson for helping me through this ordeal. I highly recommend Richard Lawson if you should, unfortunately like me, find yourself in legal trouble.
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Posted by anonymous | May 25, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
He’ll go the extra mile for you.
Richard has done so much to help me…much more than what I expected. I’m so glad that I called him when I needed an attorney. Recommended without reservation!
Posted by anonymous | May 25, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Life Saver!!
Richard represented me twice for dui charges two years a part. He saved me from jail time in both instances. Not only was he professional, reachable, and knowledgeable, but he was compassionate and caring. I was scared to death and so ashamed. Richard talked with me and calmed me down, felt like he was a dear uncle. He was always there for me for anything throughout it all. Absolutely the best decision I could have made in hiring him.
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Posted by anonymous | May 19, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Responsive. Thorough. Professional.
Richard and his team exceeded my expectations in their service and work product. They made themselves available quickly when I had questions and achieved a fair and positive outcome.
Posted by Khojane | May 5, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Consummate professional and hero!!
Reached out to Mr. Lawson after receiving second DUI charges, failure to maintain, and obstruction in Buford, GA. Having just dealt with this trouble, I came in with real concerns. Richard and his associate at the time (Jaime!) informed me of best next steps preparing for court. However, COVID came along and pushed this process two years along. After the extent of time, and as the request to appear came in, I found myself certain that any defense I might've mustered was wasted by over a year of inaction. I'm very relieved to have known that by hiring Mr. Lawson so long ago, I would have an advocate who was still on my side. From the beginning he made me aware that I could reach out directly and speak, and he was! Trusting Mr. Lawson's advice, and accepting the wide breadth of knowledge in this particularly stressful case that he was very well-informed on, he took my faith and came back to me with our first face-to-face unmasked handshake and relayed the news that the case was dropped!!! Without a doubt, the fact that after all this time that had passed, I had been losing hope for a positive outcome. My first and (HOPEFULLY, no disrespect!) last handshake with Mr. Lawson was also his demonstration and proof that faith in his work is completely grounded. This hiring decision led to the greatest outcome that I hadn't even entertained! The course of my life is diverted not just because of Mr. Lawson's diligence and support, but also because of the myriad negative punitive measures that would have prevented me from improving my prospects and outlook on my future. My family and I are eternally grateful for this outcome and equally grateful that the trust in Mr. Lawson was well-founded and resulted in a happy ending. Highly recommend! 10/10
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Posted by Brad | April 25, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding criminal defense attorney
I recently hired Mr Lawson and his firm to represent me and could not be more satisfied with my decision. I also couldn’t be more grateful for what Mr. Lawson did while being my legal council . I was facing four charges , one of which was a drug related felony so needless to say, it was very serious . I hired Mr Lawson less than one month before my court date so he didn’t have very much time to build his defense for me and I was very concerned. All my fears and concerns turned into joy and gratitude when I was found not guilty on all for charges after just a day and a half of trial. Simply put, if you find yourself in trouble and needing an experienced criminal defense attorney, Lawson and Berry should be your first and only phone call. Don’t waste your time looking at any other firm and go with the best. Lawson and Berry, I can’t thank you enough for what you did for me
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Posted by anonymous | April 13, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Professional and Kind
I contacted Mr. Lawson after my arrest for DUI. From our first conversation to our last, Mr. Lawson was up front, professional, and honest throughout every interaction. He and his staff were incredibly proactive in their dealings with me and the court system. Covid stretched out the process almost three years, but Mr. Lawson’s actions meant that impacts to my daily life were kept to a minimum until the resolution of the case which was overwhelmingly positive. I would advise any potential client of Mr. Lawson to hire him and follow his advice to the letter when going through this terrifying process.
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Posted by JL | March 8, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Very professional
Richard went above and beyond in my case. His communication was fantastic and he was very thorough. He had my charges reduced a few days before court, which seemed like an impossibility prior.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Speaker
  • Institute of Continuing Legal Education
  • 2002 - Present
  • Attorney / Owner
  • Law Office of Richard S. Lawson
  • 1997 - Present
  • Court Appointed "A" rated Attorney
  • Gwinnett County Court Appointed "A" List
  • 1997 - 2001
  • Associate
  • Law Office of Turner and Willis
  • 1997 - 1997
  • Court Appointed Felony Defense Attorney
  • Enotah Judicial Circuit
  • 1997 - 2004
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Enotah Judicial Circuit District Attorney
  • 1995 - 1997
  • Court Appointed Public Defender
  • City of Roswell Georgia
  • 1995 - 2003
  • Court Appointed Public Defender
  • City of Alpharetta Georgia
  • 1995 - 2000
  • Assistant Solicitor General
  • Gwinnett County Solicitor General's Office
  • 1995 - 1995
  • Summer Associate
  • Friedman and Montalto
  • 1994 - 1994
  • Summer Associate
  • Wayne County Michigan Prosecutor
  • 1993 - 1993
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Education

  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Certified DUI / DWI Field Sobriety Instructor
  • 2000
  • Emory University School of Law
  • Law
  • 1995
  • University of Michigan
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1992
  • Northwestern Michigan College
  • Associate of Arts
  • 1990
  • American Red Cross
  • Small Craft Instructor Certification
  • 1988
  • Wayne County School of Law
  • N/A
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Legal Cases

  • State v. DS
  • No Jail!
  • State v. BC
  • Reckless Driving on 2nd DUI
  • State v. SH
  • Case Reduced to Reckless Driving
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Associations

  • United State District Court Northern District Georgia
  • Admitted
  • 2001 - Present
  • Georgia DODD Group
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • Georgia Defense of Drinking Drivers
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Active Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • Admitted
  • 1995 - Present
  • Georgia Supreme Court
  • Admitted
  • 1995 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Featured Speaker
  • DUI Investigations LLC
  • 2013
  • Mentor Volunteer
  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • 2012
  • Fee Arbitration Judge
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • 2009
  • Investigations in DUI Cases Highlighted Speaker
  • Georgia Association of Private Investigators
  • 2007
  • ICLE Speaker- Teaching Lawyers DUI Defense
  • ICLE
  • 2006
  • ICLE Teaching Lawyers DUI Defense
  • ICLE
  • 2004
  • US District Court Northern District of Georgia Admission
  • United States District Court Northern District of Geogia
  • 2001
  • Instructor Defending a DUI Case
  • Georgia Indigent Defense Council
  • 2000
  • DUI / DWI NHTSA Field Sobriety Instructor
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • 2000
  • Speaker
  • Georgia Indigent Defense Council
  • 2000
  • NHTSA Standardized Field Sobriety Instructor
  • NHTSA
  • 2000
  • DUI and Vehicular Homicide Course
  • Prosecuting Attorneys Council of Georgia
  • 1996
  • Supreme Court of Georgia Admission
  • Georgia Supreme Court
  • 1995
  • Georgia Court of Appeals Admission
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • 1995
  • Emory Mock Trial Program Winning Attorney
  • Emory University Law School
  • 1994
  • Phi Theta Kappa Award
  • Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
  • 1990
  • Canoe / Small Craft Instructor
  • American Red Cross
  • 1988
  • Advanced Lifesavor
  • American Red Cross
  • 1986
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Publications

  • DUI Super Symposium
  • Plea Negotiations Powerpoint
  • 2013
  • Navigating DUI Drug Cases
  • The Inside Minds
  • 2012
  • Georgia Association of Private Investigators
  • Investigations in DUI CASES
  • 2007
  • Defense of Drinking Driver's Institute
  • Opening Statement and Voir Dire
  • 2006
  • Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE Georgia)
  • Voir Dire and Opening Statements
  • 2006
  • Georgia Association of Private Investigators
  • DUI Investigations
  • 2005
  • Defense of Drinking Drivers Institute
  • "It's Only a DUI"
  • 2004
  • Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE Georgia)
  • Only a DUI
  • 2004
  • Defense of Drinking Drivers Institute
  • Legal Ethics
  • 2002
  • Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE Georgia)
  • Ethics
  • 2002
  • Institute of Continuing Legal Education (Georgia)
  • Client Intake Form
  • 2001
  • Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE Georgia)
  • Fee Agreements
  • 2001
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Speaking Engagements

  • Georgia Private Investigators Association
  • Investigations in DUI Cases
  • 2007
  • Institute for Continuing Legal Education
  • ICLE
  • 2006
  • Georgia Association of Private Investigators
  • DUI Investigations
  • 2005
  • Institute for Continuing Legal Education
  • DUI Defense
  • 2004
  • Georgia Private Investigators Association
  • Investigations in DUI Cases
  • 2004
  • ICLE Defense of Drinking Drivers Institute
  • Legal Ethics in a DUI Case
  • 2002
  • Defense of Drinking Drivers Group
  • Using an Investigator in DUI Cases
  • 2002
  • Defending at DUI Case
  • Cross Examination
  • 2000
  • Forsyth County Sheriff's Reserve
  • DUI Investigations
  • 1999
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (164)
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DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Richard is not only the best DUI attorney in Georgia - the way he treats his clients is second to none. If you're looking for the best possible outcome and client experience - then you need Richard Lawson."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Richard is professional, patient, and unmatched in the courtroom. He has tried an enormous number of cases, and he has the wisdom to prove it! He is a fantastic mentor and leader within the attorney community. If you or a loved one find themselves in a bind with a DUI or other criminal case, look no further than this exceptional attorney – he has my full endorsement."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Dec 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I had a chance to speak with Richard Lawson and I can tell you he is an expert on DUI cases. He cares about his clients and is on top of the latest developments in DUI law. If stopped for a DUI in the Atlanta area you would be wise to call him and get the facts about your case."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Richard Lawson is not only a superb attorney, but a superb case manager and the ultimate leader. Not only does he handle his own cases with precision and perfect strategy, but he grooms other attorneys to do the same. Richard was instrumental in my early career and I can never repay him for the experience he gave me. It is with the utmost respect and admiration that I endorse Mr. Lawson."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. One of the absolute best for DUIs."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He really knows his stuff."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Highly respected in the legal community."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Excellent job and a very good result."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is dedicated to his practice and to his clients, and the fact that over 100 lawyers have already endorsed him says a lot. Excellent client reviews as well."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. This lawyer knows his stuff."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Other
"I whole-hardheartedly endorse Richard Scott Lawson. His knowledge in the area of DUI is clearly unparalleled in Atlanta, and probably in all of Georgia. Anyone with him on their side has a fighter!"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Richard is a respected Georgia DUI Lawyer, whose publications are extremely helpful to DUI Defense Attorneys throughout the country. Check out his DUI news blog here: http://www.dui.info/blog"
Unknown Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"This lawyer has my endorsement."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Richard Lawson is the premier DUI/DWI defense attorney in Georgia. He has dedicated his career to ensuring that the rights of those accused of a DUI/DWI are protected. Mr. Lawson possesses vast experience in handling all aspects of DUI cases. The depth of his experience ensures that his clients are provided an even playing field when competing with the resources of the prosecution. Mr. Lawson remains at the forefront of trends and new developments within the areas of criminal law and DUI defense in order to best serve the needs of his clients. His dedication to the profession is unmatched. If you find yourself struggling with the uncertainty that accompanies receiving a DUI, Richard Lawson is the attorney you need to demystify the process and protect your rights. I endorse this lawyer."
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Top Contributor 2012
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Atlanta DUI and DWI Lawyer Richard Scott Lawson
Richard Scott Lawson
DUI and DWI Attorney
Atlanta, GA
Licensed for 27 years
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