By: William C. Head, Criminal Defense Attorney Atlanta GA and ABA Board-Certified DUI Attorney
Driving under the influence (DUI) is a serious traffic offense in every state, including Georgia. In Georgia, a DUI conviction immediately suspends your Georgia driver’s license. NO points are created by such a conviction because the very EVENT of being convicted suspends the driver’s Georgia drivers license immediately upon the conviction being entered in the record.
In order to know the consequences to your Georgia driver’s license, rely upon advice from knowledgeable DUI attorneys in the State. In the Atlanta metro area, contact our DUI lawyers: Board-Certified DUI Attorney Bubba Head, Larry Kohn, and Cory Yager who have successfully represented thousands of clients facing a Georgia DUI. If your case is in a remote part of Georgia, Mr. Head has a network of skilled DUI attorneys in other Georgia counties to assist anyone facing a DUI in Georgia.
Whether and WHEN you can get a “work permit” after a DUI GA depends on many variables, such as your prior DUI convictions within the past 5 years, the age of the driver and (possibly) whether or not you lost your administrative license suspension hearing for a DUI refusal and suffered a 12 month “hard suspension.” If you refused the DUI breath or blood test requested by police AFTER you were arrested, and are still on an administrative license suspension for a violation of Georgia implied consent law, you have to wait until the full 12 months is over.
If it is a first offense DUI in 5 years, measured by dates of arrest, you should be eligible unless you are still under an implied consent suspension. A 2nd DUI in GA within 5 years will delay ANY driving privileges for at least 120 days, and then the type of license would be a limited permit, and interlock device restricted. Before you enter a plea of guilty, always talk to a DUI attorney who is skilled in drunk driving defense, to know your options. In Georgia, most private attorneys will give you a few minutes of their time, to help you prevent making a mistake.
The new Georgia driver’s license and GA identification cards have various layers of protection against unlawful counterfeiting and fraud. The Georgia DDS has increased fraud protection on the licenses in order to stop thieves from stealing your identity. The new format driver’s license also features added holograms and computer-generated graphics that can be read by machines, making it more difficult for someone to make or use a counterfeit Georgia driver’s license.
The new Georgia licenses also have an added security feature for drivers who are under the age of 21. Rather than being printed horizontally, as the current licenses are printed, the license for drivers under the age of 21 will be printed vertically. This makes it easier for both retailers and law enforcement agents to identify minors.
In addition to the enhanced security, the new Georgia driver’s license will speed up customer service at Georgia DDS offices. The new technology allows a faster insurance process that is beneficial to both you and the GA DDS employees. A new data management system allows the DDS Georgia employees to scan the electronic imaging in order to easily access it in the future.
The DDS GA will begin issuing interim licenses and IDs for the first issuance or renewal at a DDS Georgia center as a security measure. This assists the DDS (DMV in GA) in combating identity theft by allowing them to verify photos that are stored in the system when customers come in for a new license.
The interim license is valid for up to 45 days. This interim license is printed on special security paper that can be validated by reading an encrypted barcode. A permanent license will be mailed to your address that is on file with the Georgia DDS.
It is important to note that your current Georgia driver’s license or ID card will remain valid until the expiration date, at which time you will exchange it for the new license or ID.
After being arrested for DUI in Georgia, the first thing to do it identify an expert on Georgia DUI law through top attorney ratings. Look at who is BEHIND the law firm, review each of the trial lawyers’ credentials, and check out the criminal defense attorney who leads the law office. Every experienced DUI lawyer in the law firm must have full command of DUI laws and possess training in all aspects of successfully challenging the driving under the influence criminal case.
This successful defense record must include suppressing breath alcohol tests, and knowing every prior appellate decision on the Georgia implied consent law. An increasing number of drugged driving cases require that our criminal defense lawyers know how to challenge a GBI blood alcohol or drugs test. Being an INSTRUCTOR in the three NHTSA standardized field sobriety tests (SFST) is also necessary.
The best DUI attorneys in Atlanta, Georgia will offer you a FREE consultation, explain how their criminal attorneys search for a successful defense in your case, and aggressively represent clients to the maximum extent the law allows. Limit your search to DUI lawyers who have legitimate lawyer ratings and a history of proven results on knowing how to beat a DUI. If we are the criminal defense attorneys for you, ask us about our attorney payment plans.
Call our DUI defense lawyers NOW, 24-7, for an initial case review and FREE legal advice: 404-567-5515, or email our criminal justice attorneys.