Rick Ryczek

Attorney Profile

Top Rated DUI/DWI Attorney in Lawrenceville, GA

The Ryczek Firm, P.C.
 | 368 W. Pike Street, Suite 203
Lawrenceville, GA 30046
Phone: 678-376-5541
Fax: 678-376-5544
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2012, 2014 - 2019
Selected to Rising Stars: 2005 - 2007, 2009 - 2011
Licensed Since: 1999
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (40%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (40%),
  • Criminal Defense (20%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Rick Ryczek graduated from Georgia State University School of Law, and he began his legal career with the Rockdale County Public Defender's Office.  In May of 2004 he started his own practice, The Ryczek Firm P.C. in Lawrenceville, where he defends those accused of crimes and handles a small number of personal injury cases so that he can give each case enough attention to make certain that no stone is unturned.  

Mr. Ryczek is a 2005 graduate of Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyers College, and he has returned to the college for graduate courses nearly every year since graduating.  There, Mr. Ryczek studied trial techniques focusing on how to better connect with jurors and present his clients' cases. He is licensed to practice law within the state of Georgia.  Additionally for the past several years, Rick has studied the science behind how jurors make decisions, and he also studied how to present more compelling visual trial strategies.   

The trial skills he learned at the the Trial Lawyers College has helped him achieve favorable verdicts in very diffictult cases.  Rick was honored by the Georgia lawyers group DODD with the following awards: Most Amazing Victory, Lawyer of the Year, Most Amazing Winning Streak.  Rick was also named among the Top 40 Georgia Lawyers Under 40 and Top 100 Lawyers (of any age) by the National Trial Lawyers.  In 2015 Rick earned a "Top Verdict" as reported in the Fulton County Daily Jornal for obtaining a $945,359.99 verdict in a soft tissue injury case.  He was also named a top 100 Superlawyer as published in Atlanta Magazine and recognized in "Best Lawyers" as published in The Wall Street Journal and Atlanta Journal Constitution. 

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (40%): DUI/DWI

Personal Injury - General (40%): Animal Bites, Assault, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents

Criminal Defense (20%): Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, False Accusations, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Sex Offenses, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence

Focus Areas

DUI/DWI, Animal Bites, Assault, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents, Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, False Accusations, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Sex Offenses, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 7 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 6 years

Super Lawyers: 2012, 2014 - 2019 Rising Stars: 2005 - 2007, 2009 - 2011

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About Rick Ryczek

Admitted: 1999, Georgia

Professional Webpage: http://www.goodbyedui.com/about-us/

Honors/Awards:

  • Top 100 Super Lawyer, Published in Atlanta Magazine, 2016
  • $945,359.99 verdict in a soft tissue injury.  This was reported in the Top Verdicts edition of the Fulton County Daily Journal. , Best Verdict-Soft Tissue Injury, Fulton County Daily Journal, 2015
  • Top 100 SuperLawyer, Published Atlanta Magazine, 2015
  • Best Lawyers, Published in Wall Street Journal, 2015
  • Top 100 Georgia Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers, 2014
  • Top 100 Georgia Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers, 2013
  • The National Trial Lawyers honored Rick Ryczek as being among the top 100 Georgia Lawyers. , Top 100 Georgia Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers, 2012
  • The National Trial Lawyers honored Rick Ryczek by naming him among the Top 40 Georgia Lawyers Under the Age of 40. , The Top Georgia Lawyers Under 40, National Trial Lawyers, 2012
  • Most Amazing Winning Streak, The Georgia Defense of Drinking Drivers Institute, 2011
  • Rising Star, Published in Atlanta Magazine, 2009
  • Awarded DUI Lawyer of the Year by DODD, the statewide group of premier DUI Lawyers., DUI Lawyer of the Year, Defense of Drinking Drivers Institute, 2009
  • Most Amazing Jury Acquittal, Georgia Defense of Drinking Drivers Group, 2003
  • "Most Amazing Verdict of Not Guilty" by Defense of Drinking Drivers' Institute

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Georgia

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Rick Ryczek spoke to Georgia Lawyers regarding how to preserve issues for appeal., Preserving the Record for Appeal, Georgia Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2012
  • Speaker, Persuasive Techniques, Georgia Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2011
  • Cross Examination/Keeping the Cop Under Control, Institute Of Continuing Legal Education, 2009
  • How to Use the ALS Hearing to Limit Issues at Trial, Institute Of Continuing Legal Education, 2008
  • Leprechauns, Unicorns, the Constitution and Other Figmenents of the Imagination, Georgia Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2008
  • Field Sobriety Tests-How to Use Them to Your Advantage, Defense Of Drinking Drivers Institute, 2008

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Personal Injury Trial verdict of $945,358.99 resulting from a truck accident where Mr. Ryczek's client sustained back injuries after a reckless driver forced a tractor trailer off the road and injured the tractor trailer driver.  The offer from the insurance company was $10,000.   , 2015
  • Personal injury settlement of $480,000.00 when a reckless driver rammed into the rear of Mr. Ryczek's client causing debilitating back and neck injuries. , 2014
  • $145,000.00 settlement mid-trial.  Insurance company failed to pay after my client's veranda collapsed.  The insurance company failed to pay to fix my client's veranda.  After two days of trial, the insurance company agreed to pay.  
  • State v. M.G. - .11 breath test and Speeding L.S. was pulled over for speeding. As he pulled his car to the roadside, he reached in the glove compartment for his insurance and registration documents. The officer assumed he was reaching for a weapon and approached his car with his gun drawn. M.G. put his hands out of the car and eventually performed field sobriety evaluations (poorly). Mr. Ryczek argued that the officer’s actions escalated the stop into a formal arrest and the field sobriety evaluations should be excluded. The prosecutor dismissed M.G.’s DUI case. State v. D.A. - .148 breath test. A concerned citizen saw D.A. getting sick on the side of the road and called the police. A Gwinnett County DUI Task Force officer arrived and found D.A. sitting on the pavement, throwing up next to his truck. The officer said he could smell a strong odor of alcohol from over ten feet away, and that D.A. admitted to driving, slurred his speech, and couldn’t sit up without swaying. D.A. admitted he was driving, but told the officer he was sick from eating bad shrimp. D.A. was arrested for DUI and registered .148 on the breath test. Mr. Ryczek argued to the jury that D.A.’s breath sample was invalidated when D.A. got sick. The officer should have allowed D.A. to rinse out his mouth before taking the test. The jury found D.A. not guilty of DUI. State v. A.H. - Refusal A.H. was pulled over for weaving. The officer noticed that A.H. had a strong odor of alcohol and he was unsteady on his feet. The officer testified that A.H. failed field sobriety evaluations, and arrested him for DUI. A.H. also admitted to taking Xanax. A.H. declined the officer’s request to blow into the breath test. At A.H.’s trial, Mr. Ryczek convinced the judge that the State improperly charged A.H. with DUI alcohol. A.H.’s impairment could have been caused by his drug ingestion, and the State failed to charge him properly. The judge dismissed A.H.’s DUI case. State v. B.E. - Refusal B.E. was stopped at a roadblock. The officer smelled an odor of alcohol and B.E. performed poorly on field sobriety evaluations. Mr. Ryczek argued to the jury B.E. was uncoordinated, and he was unable to perform the tests to the officer’s satisfaction even when he had not been drinking. At trial, the officer made a prejudicial remark and he judge granted Mr. Ryczek’s motion for a mistrial. The jurors told the prosecutor that they would have found B.E. not guilty. The prosecutor dismissed B.E.’s DUI. State v. T.M. - .202 breath test. DUI and Endangering a Child by DUI (2 counts) A veteran officer pulled T.M. over for weaving and saw that she had two children in the back of her car. T.M. performed poorly on field sobriety evaluations, and registered high on the breath test. The officer had a long history of harassing young women. Gwinnett County DUI attorney Rick Ryczek filed a Notice of Intent to Present Similar Transactions, notifying the Court he would present evidence of the officer’s harassment to the jury. The prosecutor dismissed T.M.’s DUI case. T.M. received treatment for her alcohol problem and is currently clean and sober. State v. R.D. - .14 breath test. R.D. was pulled over while speeding north on Interstate 85. Her speech was slurred, and her she was unsteady on her feet. She performed poorly on the field sobriety evaluations, and registered .14 on the breath test. At a motion to suppress hearing, the judge suppressed R.D.’s Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus test because the officer failed to administer the test as he was trained. The prosecutor dismissed R.D.’s DUI and she entered a guilty plea to Reckless Driving.  See www.GoodByeDUI.com for more results

Educational Background:

  • University of Georgia, 1994
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Office Location for Rick Ryczek

368 W. Pike Street
Suite 203
Lawrenceville, GA 30046

Phone: 678-376-5541

Fax: 678-376-5544

 

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Last Updated: 6/25/2018

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