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DUI License Suspension FAQ

Why was my license suspended?

If you refused state-administered chemical testing or submitted to testing and were over the legal limit of .08%, your arresting officer will complete and submit a GA-DDS 1205 form immediately following your arrest. According to Georgia DUI law, this statute grants law enforcement the right to automatically suspend your license after a 30-day time period following your arrest. If you find yourself facing a pending administrative license suspension (ALS), this means you have either refused state-administered chemical testing of your blood, breath, or urine or submitted and produced a sample over the legal limit of .08%.

DUI License Appeal Process

What is the 10-day warning? How do I get my license back?

If your license has been taken because you’re suspected of driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, Georgia DUI law states that you have ten business days following the date of the incident to file an appeal with the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS). After this 10-day period, you will no longer be able to file an appeal of your pending license suspension, and you will automatically lose your license for a minimum of a full year.

At Dove Law Firm, our DUI attorneys understand the grave impacts resulting from losing your license. We know how important the legal right to drive is, and we understand the process of filing an appeal of your pending license suspension with the GA DDS. Along with the written proposal, there is a filing fee of $150 that must be paid. We can help you get your license back by requesting an Administrative License Suspension (ALS) appeal on your behalf. We understand the complex Georgia implied-consent law and how it affects your case.

Georgia law requires law enforcement to immediately read aloud the implied-consent law following the arrest of a motorist.

Our attorneys know the requirements the implied-consent law imposes on law enforcement and are experienced in DUI cases. They can determine if the officer recited the implied-consent law incorrectly or failed to read the implied-consent warning in its entirety, and they can use these facts to your advantage in court to have your pending license suspension removed from your GA DDS records. Our attorneys will use your license suspension hearing to keep your license and question the officer that arrested you, any completed field sobriety testing, and other details of your case. We can often use the officer’s statements at the administrative hearing to your case’s advantage.

Don’t miss the 10-day window of opportunity to save your license and strengthen your case. Act quickly and hire a veteran DUI attorney. Call us today at 229-468-0832 for a free consultation, or submit information on your case for a free case review with our experienced criminal defense attorneys.

Our attorneys have handled a great number of administrative license hearings in courts in various counties in Georgia, including Crisp, Turner, Cook, Irwin, Ben Hill, Worth, Wilcox, Jeff Davis, Coffee, Tift, Dooley, Atkinson, Colquitt, Berrien, and Dodge counties. At Dove Law Firm, we believe in the power of hiring representation with a local advantage, and we are extremely familiar with courts across South Georgia and all over the state. We have built substantial relationships with the judges and individuals working in the courts within these areas.


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We are proud to serve the counties of Irwin, Ben Hill, Crisp, Wilcox, Jeff Davis, Coffee, Tift, Dooly, Atkinson, Colquitt, Berrien, and Dodge. We are appreciative of the opportunity to serve the cities of Ocilla, Fitzgerald, Abbeville, Eastman, Hazelhurst, Tifton, Douglas, Moultrie, Nashville, Enigma, and Cordele.

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