10-Day License Suspension Rule in Georgia

Arrested for DUI? You Only Have 10 Days to Save Your License!

If you have been arrested on suspicion of DUI, need to be fully aware of what the 10-day rule could hold for you. Under this law, you could lose your driver's license for one full year unless you schedule an administrative license suspension (ALS) hearing within 10 days. How can you know if you need to schedule this hearing with the Department of Driver Services? At the time of your drunk driving arrest, you would have handed your license over to the officer and been given Form 1205, a yellow piece of paper that reads "Georgia Department of Driver Services" at the top.

This form serves as your temporary license, and you will only have 10 days to save your confiscated license.

If you refused a blood, breath, or urine test, you will have been given this temporary license. The same is true if you attempted these DUI tests, but were mistakenly reported as refusing these tests. You have 10 days from the arrest to schedule a hearing at the Department of Driver Services (DDS). If you fail do to so, you will automatically lose your license, even before you present your defense in court, and even if you are acquitted of your charges in the end. If you take advantage of your right to request a DDS hearing, however, you may be able to defend your driving privileges.

After a DUI arrest in Georgia, you could lose your license for:

  • One year for the first license suspension
  • Three years for the second DUI arrest
  • Five years for a third accusation

Let Thomas & Willis, LLC Fight to Restore Your Driving Privileges

If any of the above scenarios are part of your case, or if you are unsure if your license is at risk, don't wait to call Thomas & Willis, LLC. An Atlanta DUI attorney is allowed to represent you at this hearing. Even more importantly, this would give you and your legal counsel the invaluable opportunity to see the details of the evidence being used against you. Speaking with an attorney at this time is vital in preparation of your DUI case. A skilled DUI attorney may be able to show that the police stop or DUI arrest was invalid, and that your license should not be suspended or revoked.

At Thomas & Willis, LLC, you will find attorneys who have been:

  • Board-certified in DUI defense
  • Certified in NHTSA standardized field sobriety tests
  • Named to the Georgia Super Lawyers® list
  • Given a 10.0 “Superb” rating on Avvo

In all, this Atlanta DUI firm provides more than 100 years of experience. You can rely on this team to handle your administrative and criminal trial hearings. They have successfully represented thousands of clients, and they have the track record to prove it. Don't wait to call the firm today!

Call an Atlanta DUI lawyer at Thomas & Willis, LLC today to get the skilled help you deserve for your ALS hearing.