Covid-19 and DUI
COVID-19 Has Changed Everything
Covid-19 and DUI present some new challenges in the legal system. Although we do not have official numbers, DUI arrests seem to be down since March. If you are arrested, here are some of the changes you can expect because of the global pandemic:
- You will still be brought before a magistrate within 48 hours. This is your constitutional right. Or, you will be granted bond immediately. Many judges are granting bonds or allowing signature bonds, depending on criminal history. Georgia Supreme Court issued a judicial emergency which has been extended to August 11th but unlike past orders, it’s not just substantial issues of due process that are allowed.
- Courts have recently been given the ability to slowly open back up, but with strict guidelines in accordance with the CDC.
- If you have to appear in court, a mask is required and you must maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from other people. Check for additional requirements on your court website.
- Hiring a lawyer may keep you from having to appear in court for some of the initial stages in your case. Your attorney can represent you without your presence.
- The Department of Driver Services is helping in-person customers by appointment only. Many services can be handled online or over the phone. DDS also granted extensions for limited permits expiring before June 30th, 2020. Find out more at this link to the Georgia DDS website.
- The 30 day limit for appealing an administrative license suspension is still in effect. If you are arrested for a DUI in Georgia, it is best to contact a lawyer immediately to appeal the suspension or apply for an Ignition Interlock permit.
Don’t Drink and Drive
DUI numbers are down; but that does not mean it is safe to drink and drive. Lyft and Uber are offering limited services. If you are arrested for DUI, call Schiavone Law as soon as possible. We can guide you through the next steps during this uncertain time.
Arrested for DUI? Call Ashley Schiavone for Advice
If you have been arrested for a DUI in Georgia, know your rights. Your best bet is to hire a lawyer that has experience and knows the law. Ashley Schiavone can take a look at your case and determine if there are ways your charges can be reduced or whether your case can be tried in court. Don’t let Covid-19 and DUI affect your life.