Along with the criminal legal proceedings for a DUI arrest, there is an administrative license suspension (ALS) hearing to appeal a driver’s license suspension. This hearing focuses on the issue of whether you will suffer a pretrial loss of your driver’s license. The appeal must be filed within 30 days of your arrest. The Gwinnett County ALS hearings attorneys at Crawford and Boyle, LLC, represent clients at hearings in Walton and Clarke Counties.
Ignition Interlock Permits
Starting in July of 2017, people charged with driving under the influence (DUI) in Georgia may have the option to obtain a limited driving permit known as an interlock ignition device limited permit. This is conditional upon the individual waiving his or her right to a hearing and having an ignition interlock device installed on the vehicle they intend to drive.
The Standard ALS Appeal Option
You still have the option of the standard ALS appeal. Your driver’s license will remain valid until the hearing, at which time your license will either be reinstated in full or suspended for the full 12-month period, meaning no driving at all for a year, including to work. You must meet the conditions for obtaining the permit.
The conditions for obtaining the permit include:
- The DUI did not result in a crash with serious or fatal injuries
- Having a valid Georgia driver’s license
- Being at least 21 years old
- No DUI convictions in the past 5 years
- Surrendering your current license
- CDL licenses must be downgraded to non-commercial
Within 30 days of receiving the 1205 form provided at the time of your arrest, you must consider whether to apply for the ignition interlock permit or appeal the license suspension. Hiring an attorney to represent you at the hearing is strongly recommended. Our Gwinnett County ALS hearing lawyers can advise you of your options and represent you at the hearing.
Keep in mind that you have only 30 days to file an appeal. Call (678) 726-5400 to learn how we can help.
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