BREAKING NEWS! AS OF JULY 1, 2017, THE 10 DAY RULE IS FINALLY DEAD!
For a long time, Georgia drivers accused of DUI had to appeal their automatic license suspension within 10 business days or lose it for up to a year. Things have changed! Now, Georgia drivers accused of DUI are given a few options in order to keep their driver’s licenses while their criminal case is pending.
• First time Georgia DUI offenders over the age of 21 may have the option of having an ignition interlock device installed on their vehicle for 4-12 months depending on whether they consented to a breath, blood, or urine test. This is a device that is similar to the straw you may have blown into at the time of your arrest and, just like that device, it measures the alcohol in your breath at the time you start the car and several times as you drive it. You must request this option within 30 days! And it does cost around $400 for the year.
• If your license is subject to administrative suspension, you must file an appeal with the Georgia DDS within 30 days. Miss the deadline, lose your license! There is an appeal fee of $150 that must be paid within that time.
• You can of course choose to do nothing which will usually result in an automatic suspension of your Georgia drivers license for up to a year.
Your lawyer will advise you of what’s the best option for you and your Georgia DUI case. Keep in mind, these options are not sentences on your criminal DUI case! These are the options you have while your DUI case is pending so you can still go to work, school, pick up the kids, etc.