Driving Privileges After Being Arrested for DUI in Georgia

When you are arrested for a DUI violation in the state of Georgia, your driving privileges are at great risk. Even if it’s a first time DUI, suspension of your driver’s license can occur. It’s even worse if you are charged with a second or third DUI because the suspension periods become enhanced. Hence, the moment a charge is made, you have to act as quickly as possible and seek the aid of a competent DUI defense attorney practicing in Georgia. It will also be of great help if you understand the finer details on how to go about saving your license.

First and foremost, any holder of a driver’s license in the state of Georgia should be aware that the moment a DUI charge is brought, he or she only has a maximum of ten (10) days from the arrest to file an administrative appeal with the Georgia Department of Driver Services. If you become complacent about this (we see this often!), chances are you will lose your driving privileges altogether.

Moreover, you should also be aware that the temporary driver’s license endorsement (the DDS1205 form) given to you will only be valid for thirty (30) days from the date it was issued. This is not to be confused with your court date because the proceedings with the DDS are independent and separate from the criminal proceedings against you in court. You have to be quick to distinguish these two proceedings just in case the arresting officer may attempt to mislead you that such temporary license will be good until your court hearing date. For more updated information on how to save your driver’s license, call us immediately.

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