Cobb County Reinstating Your Driver’s License Attorneys
Reinstating Your Driver’s License After a DUI Conviction
If an officer arrests you and charges you with a DUI, a judge can convict you of this crime and revoke your driving privileges. If this was your first violation, you can still have your license suspended for at least one year. It will be tougher for you to travel from place to place. You may have to shamefully ask your friends and family members for rides, or you will have to rely on public transportation. Your suspended license may also jeopardize your employment because traveling to work will be challenging. To avoid these hardships, you will need to reinstate your driver’s license.
Reinstate Your License Through a Legal Proceeding
Police officers will confiscate your license and give you a 30-day temporary license if they charge you with a DUI. After the arrest, you will have 10 days to challenge the charge by way of a hearing request at the Department of Drivers Services (DDS). If you can prove your case successfully before an Administrative Law Judge, you will be able to get your license back until your court case is resolved.
Types of License Suspensions
ALS/Implied Consent DUI Suspensions
Once you are stopped and arrested for DUI, the arresting officer may complete a DDS 1205 form that will suspend your driver’s license in 45 days, if you do not request a hearing within 10 business days of the DUI arrest.
Administrative License Suspension
If you take the state’s breath test and register over .08, this is what you are looking at if you fail to request the ALS hearing or lose the hearing:
- First DUI in five years: One year of license suspension (limited permit for 45 days and reinstatement after 45 days)
- Second DUI in five years: 18 months of license suspension
- Third DUI in five years: Five years of license suspension
You could have a great defense for your DUI case if you answer “yes” to any or all of the following questions:
- Were you pulled over by the police for no apparent reason?
- Were you told a reason and given a citation for a different one?
- Did you have your vehicle parked when the police first approached you?
- Did you pull over immediately upon the police signaling you to stop?
- Did you avoid swerving or weaving as you pulled over?
- Was the stop at a DUI checkpoint?
- Were you on the outside of your vehicle when the police officer(s) arrived?
- Were you not informed that the field sobriety tests are a voluntary act?
- Were you exhausted or very nervous while you were taking the field sobriety tests?
- Did you have physical impairments that would have affected your field sobriety tests’ performance?
- Once you were arrested, were you read the Miranda Warnings?
- Were the field sobriety tests performed on or close to the road?
- Were the tests administered on a surface that was not flat, well lit, and clean?
- Did you perform the tests while you were wearing high heels?
- Were you persuaded to take the breath test by the police?
- Did the officer(s) tell you that you should keep blowing during the test?
- Was more than one attempt required to get a final reading?
- Did the police not observe you for 20 minutes before you were tested?
- Did you have removable dentures in while you took the test?
- Did you have your final alcoholic drink within an hour of taking the test?
- Did the breath reading come out to less than .11 BAC?
- Is there a variation between all the readings for the test?
With more than 55 years of attorney experience, extensive training, and reception of many awards, Blevins & Hong, P.C. is well prepared to defend anyone arrested on DUI charges.
For more information, call Blevins & Hong, P.C. at (678) 883-7081 for a complimentary initial consultation.
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