Aggressively Defending Your Right to Drive During & After a DUI Charge
When facing a DUI charge, one of the first consequences is often going to be losing your driver’s license. If your BAC registers above the legal limit or if you refuse a state-administered chemical test (in-station breathalyzer, blood test, or urine test), you will automatically face a pre-conviction administrative license suspension by the DMV, though you will be issued a temporary 30 day permit to allow you to drive to hearings. You only have ten business days in which to respond and request a DMV hearing to appeal the administrative suspension. This is entirely separate from the in-court criminal proceedings of your DUI case and will be handled by DMV personnel.
If you fail to request a hearing or the administrative suspension is upheld, the severity of the penalty will depend on whether this is your first DUI offense and other factors. It could range from 30 days to 2 years with other potential factors like requirements to pay fees, attend DUI school, or have an Ignition Interlock Device installed on your vehicle that physically prevents the vehicle from starting if your BAC is too high.
We represent our clients at DMV hearings as well as in the courtroom, so you won’t have to face this situation alone. We will work to effectively argue for why you deserve to keep your license throughout the trial.
Suspension of Driver’s License After the Trial
If you are found guilty of a DUI in criminal court, or even a lesser charge, the state will likely issue a separate suspension or restriction of your driving privileges from the administrative suspension. In fact, this is one of the most common penalties issued after DUI charges, and the severity of the suspension will depend on the specific circumstances of your case. Here at Savannah DUI, we understand the importance of keeping your driver’s license active, and we’ll fight aggressively to avoid this punishment. There are a number of effective defenses that can show the courts why it is best to allow you to keep your license, and we’ll find the one that will work best for you. Additionally, even if your license is suspended, you can fight to obtain a hardship permit allowing you to drive to essential places like school, work, medical appointments, or DUI classes.
Contact Us to Defend Your Right to Drive
If you have been arrested for a DUI, you are facing the potential for a highly damaging driver’s license suspension, and you need experienced legal representation for both the administrative and criminal aspects of your potential license suspension. Don’t settle for an attorney who just wants to ‘help you plead guilty.’ Instead, contact us to fight on your behalf for a just verdict that helps to protect your right to drive.