Whether guilty or not, a DUI charge can have an intense impact on your daily life. One of the most pressing penalties is a license suspension, which will take effect after your arrest. This makes it challenging to get to work, pick up and drop off kids at school, or run basic household errands. If your driving privileges have been suspended, you’ll want to keep reading to learn what you can to get your licenses back and how a Cobb County DUI lawyer can help.
How Long Will a License Be Suspended After a DUI in Georgia?
Following your arrest in Georgia, your license will be suspended for a minimum of 120 days and a maximum of twelve months, even if you win a criminal case. However, this period is only for those facing a first-time charge. Repeat offenders can expect to face more intense and extended suspensions. You will receive a From 1205 following your arrest, which informs you of the state’s intent to suspend your license. You will have thirty days before this takes effect.
It’s also important to note that if you refuse a sobriety test at the scene, you face an automatic license suspension. Refusal to submit to a sobriety test warrants a “hard suspension,” which disqualifies you from a hardship license.
What Can I Do to Get My License Back?
If your driving privileges have been restricted following a DUI charge, there are steps you can take to get your license back. The first thing you can do is request a hearing within thirty days of your charge. This differs from a criminal case and strictly addresses whether or not the state should continue to restrict your driving privileges. Attending an administrative hearing is an ideal option, as it gives you the opportunity to defend yourself.
If you do not win your hearing or choose not to take this route, you can request a hardship license. However, you must wait 120 days and complete a drug and alcohol reduction program before you can apply. There is also no guarantee that the state will grant a hardship license.
Can an Attorney Help?
If you’re facing a license suspension, ensuring you contact an attorney as soon as possible is highly recommended. Though there are alternative options to a hearing, requesting a hearing is your best chance of keeping your driving privileges, especially when you have a lawyer to represent you. Not only can an attorney help you at your administrative hearing, but they can also assist you during a criminal hearing,
When you need help, the Miller Law Practice is ready to assist. Our dedicated legal team will review every aspect of your arrest to determine the best course of action. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you navigate this situation.