In some circumstances, Georgia law permits that a person can lose their license once they are arrested for a DUI. This means that the person will not be allowed to drive for a certain amount of time as part of their punishment for DUI conviction. Oftentimes, license revocation is not enough to keep an individual from getting out on the road. As a result, some states permit that the authorities can impound an individual's car for the duration of the license revocation.
According to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Association, all license revocation laws should be consistent with the provisions of the state's administrative procedures acts, and arresting officers are allowed to serve the notice of revocation at a person's arrest. At the time that an individual is taken into custody, police officers in Georgia can take that person's license into custody and issue him or her a temporary permit which will be use during the DUI trial. If a person is convicted of a DUI, the license will remain in the law enforcement's hands for the determined amount of time. If the defendant is declared innocent, then he or she will receive his or her license back.
Whenever a license revocation is part of a punishment for a DUI, the defendant has the right to an administrative hearing. Many times these hearings are separate from the court hearing, and are held at a local DMV. The hearing request is not an excuse to delay the revocation, so authorities are within their legal rights to revoke the license before the hearing and then restore it should they discover that they were wrong in their assumptions. The NHTSA suggests that states allow a 90 day suspension of the driver's license along with a month of dull revocation and 60 days of restricted driving. Restricted driving is driving permitted to necessary locations, such as to work.
When a person is on a restricted permit, driving for leisure or to go to entertainment locations is illegal. If you want more information about administrative license revocation in Georgia or if you have been charged with a DUI and want an attorney to accompany you to your administrative hearing and advocate on your behalf, then you should talk to a lawyer at the Law Offices of Richard Lawson as soon as possible. A dedicated attorney at the firm may be able to represent you in court and prove that you have been falsely accused or deserve to have your charges reduced based on the circumstances surrounding your charge. Discuss your options with an attorney at this Atlanta DUI firm today and get the representation you deserve in your case!