Being arrested for a DUI can be a very stressful and overwhelming experience. Of course being arrested for a DUI doesn’t mean that you are guilty of the charge but unfortunately, the stigma that follows a DUI arrest can be emotionally draining. Often, it leads to you being thrusted into a world that is unfamiliar. It is important to hire a Georgia DUI Attorney to provide representation and support as you navigate the system. The process requires interaction with police officers, court personnel, prosecutors and/or solicitors, and many others. It is very beneficial to have an Attorney that has experience and is familiar with how the process and system works.
Important information you should know about your DUI charge:
What is a DUI?
Driving Under the Influence is defined as driving or being in physical control of a moving vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, any drugs, or under intentional influence of a toxic vapor.
What is BAC?
• BAC is blood alcohol concentration.
• In Georgia, it is illegal for all drivers to operate motor vehicles if their BAC is above the legal limit.
• If you are 21 years old or older, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle if your BAC is 0.08% or higher.
How will a DUI arrest affect my license?
• A DUI charge carries both administrative penalties as well as the possibility of criminal charges.
• The administrative laws allow your license to be suspended before you have the opportunity to have a trial.
What can I do to contest the suspension?
• After an arrest, drivers have thirty days to contest the automatic suspension of their driver’s license.
• Drivers are provided an opportunity to request an ALS (administrative license suspension) hearing to fight license suspension.
• The request must be in writing and must be received within 30 days of the arrest.
• If you fail to make the request, you are waiving your right to contest the license suspension and the suspension will go into effect.
• A suspended license can be very inconvenient especially if you have to get to work, school, running errands, etc.
Is there a way to get a driving permit if I don’t request an ALS hearing?
As of July 1, 2017, drivers have the opportunity to obtain Ignition Interlock Device Limited Permit.
If you are charged with a DUI, it is important you fully understand the seriousness of the charge. The outcome can have lifelong affects both criminally and financially. Hiring an Attorney is a necessary step to ensure that your rights are protected. If you are charged with a DUI, it is in your best interest to hire a Georgia DUI Attorney as soon as possible.
Why You Should Contact Our Office
The Consultation is free whether you retain our office or not.
We assess what needs to be done and handle each case on a case by case basis.
We want to take away the stress that can build up after after a DUI charge, so don’t hesitate to contact us. You can speak with an attorney directly and discuss your options.