If you are charged with a DUI in the state of Georgia, you should know that it has recently cracked down on DUI laws. One of these laws you must know is the 30-Day Rule.
Whether you refused to take a blood, breath or urine test or you took one of these tests and your result is 0.08 or greater, you have only 30 calendar days to request a special hearing. If you do not do this, your driver’s license will be suspended for one year.
PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING IMPORTANT FACTS. IF ANY OF THEM ARE PART OF YOUR DUI ARREST, THE 30-DAY RULE APPLIES TO YOU:
If the 30-day rule applies to you, then the State of Georgia will suspend your driver’s license for up to 1 year. This is an administrative suspension. That means that the suspension is not a criminal punishment.
You have 30 days to appeal the suspension. This is 30 calendar days, so Saturday, Sunday and Holidays do count towards the 30 days. If the appeal letter is not sent within the 30 days, the suspension is automatic.
The letter needs your name, address and driver’s license number. It should contain the stop location (if known), the arresting officer’s department and name, the date of arrest and any other important information. It gets mailed to the Department of Driver’s Services.
IMPORTANT: You must send a check for $150.00 with the letter.
The hearing should be scheduled within 30 days of the receipt of the letter (sometimes it takes a little longer). At the hearing, an Administrative Law Judge hears evidence. The evidence is usually the testimony of the arresting officer and maybe the video. You, or your lawyer, has the right to cross examine the witness. You can testify and offer evidence. The Judge will issue a ruling on the status of your license.
A lawyer has a chance to achieve a good outcome at the hearing. A knowledge of the admissibility of evidence and the rules of law helps to win these hearings.
If you have been arrested for a DUI act fast and call our firm at 404-250-1113! If you have questions, or have concerns, we can help you with the 30-day letter. Just give us a call. A DUI arrest does not automatically mean you’ll lose your license or receive inflated insurance rates or other penalties.