The ten-day rule for an Atlanta or Georgia DUI:
The ten-day period after a DUI arrest is very important in Georgia. This pertains to an administrative action the officer likely initiated against your driver’s license. Simply stated, if you do not follow exact steps for requesting a hearing within ten business days of your arrest, in most cases, the Georgia Department of Driver Services will automatically suspend your driver’s license.
The request for an administrative license suspension hearing must be made in writing, and is completely separate from the criminal case against you. If you refused testing, it is also important to note that there are no hardship exceptions to the one-year suspension, such as a permit to drive to and from work, taking children to school, etc. If you miss the deadline, you cannot drive. Period.
There are certain circumstances that trigger the ten-day hearing request requirement. Just because a client was not notified of the administrative action does not necessarily mean the officer did not initiate one. Because most clients find the ten-day hearing request a bit confusing, we prefer to discuss them during the first consultation at our office. Call Chestney & Sullivan today to discuss your Atlanta or Georgia DUI at 404.816.8777.
There are defenses to the administrative license suspension action. Many times strategies can be developed for these hearings that may improve chances of success in the criminal case along with preserving your ability to drive.
The important thing to know is that you have to act – NOW!
Please contact us today to talk with an experienced Georgia DUI defense lawyer. We are available 24/7 at 404.816.8777.