Effect of a DUI on Your Driver's License
Fight for Your License with Our Atlanta DUI Defense Lawyer
Driving is a privilege, not a right, and when a DUI conviction is reached
in the State of Georgia, that privilege can be affected for a long time.
If accused of a DUI defense, your driver's license faces not only
criminal penalties, but administrative ones from Department of Driving
Services, as well. To prevent lasting effects on your standing as a Georgia
driver, it is critical to secure legal counsel that can navigate both
sets of penalties and restore your privileges at the earliest opportunity.
The legal team at
Thomas & Willis, LLC understands that for so many individuals and families, driving isn't
just a convenience, but a necessity. That is why they have fought alongside
countless DUI clients in pursuit of preserving their driver's license
and ensured that they were back on the road as swiftly and safely as possible.
Make sure your driving privileges are not irreparably damaged.
Call the team of proven Atlanta DUI defense attorneys at Thomas & Willis, LLC today.
Driver's License Suspensions and Reinstatement
When you are arrested for DUI, law enforcement will immediately seize your
driver's license and provide you with a temporary one. You will then
have 30 days to request an Administrative License Suspension hearing to
petition for your privileges to be restored. If you do not request this
hearing, your license will be suspended for 120 days. For drivers under
21, this administrative suspension can last for six months, or, in cases
in which a blood alcohol concentration over .08 was recorded, one full year.
License suspensions as part the criminal DUI charges will also apply if
you are found guilty in court. These can vary depending on the defendant's
age and prior DUI record.
Maximum license suspensions on a first/second/third offense include:
Drivers 15 and younger: until 17 years old/until 18 years old/until 18 years old
Drivers 16 to 20: one year/18 months/five years
Drivers 21 and older: one year/three years/five years
Some variations may apply. Under most circumstances, reinstating your license
involves paying the appropriate fines and fees and completing any court-ordered
treatment and education programs. If the need for limited driving privileges
can be asserted in court, you can also apply for a limited driving permit
for commuting to work or school. This may require the installation of
an ignition interlock device, which is an out-of-pocket cost for the driver.
Fight Your License Suspension Today
For more information on a DUI charge's effect on your driver's
license, contact Thomas & Willis, LLC today. Even when your license
is reinstated after a suspension or revocation, it becomes even more vulnerable
for more serious penalties if another offense occurs for years to come.
Some suspensions can be avoided. Start exploring your legal options with a
free case evaluation from Thomas & Willis, LLC today.