Losing your driver's license can be a hardship for you and your family. If you are a driver in Atlanta who is facing DUI charges, you are at risk for losing your driving privileges, even before you have been convicted of DUI. For almost all drivers, after you have been arrested for driving under the influence, your license is placed on Administrative Suspension, which means that it is automatically suspended for twelve months. You only have 30 days after you were arrested to ask for a hearing to fight this suspension. Even if you are successful in fighting the administrative suspension, you face criminal penalties that include license suspension.
Suspension of driver's license for DUI in Atlanta can range from license suspension for a few months to a full year for first time offenders, up to revocation (different from a license suspension in that your driving privileges are completely taken away by DDS) for a period of five years for repeat offenders. Some drivers are eligible to apply for a limited driving permit, which allows you to drive to work, school and/or medical appointments.
We have included some articles with more detail on what can happen to your driver's license based on the offense and type of charges, as well as how you can deal with administrative suspension, and whether or not you are eligible for a limited driving permit. These are just general guidelines, as the consequences to your license will greatly depend on the type of DUI charge you face, your driver's license type, your history, and your age. If you're concerned about what might happen to your license as a result of DUI charges, please give us a call. We can talk in detail about your case and decide on the best game plan to defend your driving privileges.