DUI License Suspension Attorney in Athens
Has Your Driver’s License Been Suspended After an Arrest?
Many people don’t realize that just the act of being arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) will result in the automatic loss of your license—unless you take immediate action to contest it. This is possible because driving is regarded as a privilege by the state, and the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) has the authority to impose penalties on your license if you fail the breath test or refuse to take it altogether.
Find out more about driver license suspensions by calling (706) 705-5122 and speaking with our Athens DUI lawyer.
You Have 10 Days to Appeal Your License Suspension
When you are arrested for DUI, the officer will provide you with a yellow DS-1205 form that explains your pending suspension and serves as a temporary driving permit. The instructions will inform you that you have only 10 business days from the date of your arrest to submit a hearing request to the DDS. If you miss this deadline by even one day, you will lose any chance of contesting your license suspension.
If your request is granted, your hearing will be scheduled 60 days out and your driving permit will be extended until that time. At your hearing, you or your attorney must establish that your suspension is invalid.
Below are some common reasons a suspension may be overturned:
- Failure to inform you of the Implied Consent warning for breathalyzer tests
- Lack of probable cause for a DUI arrest
- The arresting officer does not show up for court during your hearing
Submitting Your License Suspension Appeal Letter
To appeal your license suspension, you must request an administrative hearing with the DDS. When you were arrested for DUI, the police more than likely provided you with a yellow form (known as the DS-1205) that explained your license suspension and how to appeal it. Providing all of the information listed on the form is critical to securing a hearing for your appeal.
Information that must be included in this letter includes:
- Full name
- Current address
- Phone number
- Date of birth
- Names of potential witnesses
- Summary of the events that occurred at the time of your arrest
- A check or money order for $150.
Sending the letter via certified mail is highly recommended, so you have proof that the DDS received your letter and that it arrived before the 10-day deadline.
An Athens DUI Attorney Can Help with the Administrative Hearing
Administrative license suspension hearings are notoriously difficult to win, which is why having an experienced lawyer on your side is critical. Attorney Lee Webb has helped a number of clients successfully appeal their license suspension since 1995, so they could minimize the impact that a DUI arrest had on their lives.
To get started on your license suspension appeal, call (706) 705-5122 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.