If you've been arrested for drunk driving, your driver's license is in jeopardy. A DUI arrest means administrative suspension unless you take action. Many people are not aware of the fact that they can do something to fight back and save their license. Administrative License Suspension hearings are optional, but they are a driver's only chance of keeping their driving privileges after a DUI arrest. This hearing must be requested within 30 days of the initial drunk driving arrest.
How long will my license be suspended if I don't request a hearing?
If you do not contest your license suspension at an Atlanta ALS hearing, then your license could be suspended for the following lengths of time:
- 1st DUI – One year driver's license suspension with the possibility of restricted driving privileges after 30 days
- Refusing a chemical test – One year driver's license suspension
- 2nd DUI – 18 months' driver's license suspension
- 3rd DUI – Suspension lengths vary, but could be up to five years
What can I expect at the ALS hearing?
Remember, the ALS hearing must be requested within 30 days of your drunk driving arrest. After this time is up, you no longer have the right to file an appeal. In Georgia, filing this type of appeal costs $150. Once you file a formal appeal within the allotted time, you should receive notification from the DDS about your ALS hearing date. Unlike the criminal aspect of DUI cases, driver's license suspension hearings are handled by the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS).
Your best chance of success at an ALS hearing is with an Atlanta DUI attorney to represent you. An attorney will know what to say and what points to argue so that you get your license back. At The Law Offices of Richard S. Lawson, we can challenge the validity of the breath test, the lawfulness of the traffic stop and the police officer's procedure. We know the questions to ask and the evidence to bring forth to get your license back.
Time is NOT on your side- Call us today!
Because you only have ten days after your drunk driving arrest to request an appeal, time is not on your side. You need to act fast and retain an Atlanta DUI lawyer you can trust. Attorney Richard Lawson has successfully handled thousands of DUI cases and has helped many protect their driver's licenses. Call today for your free initial consultation.