A new Georgia DUI law goes into effect on July 1st. This law will give a suspect more time to file for a hearing and the option to request driving privileges using an Ignition Interlock device. While these changes can be helpful, it is always important to contact a DUI lawyer and discuss your options before deciding what is best in your case.
For a deeper understanding of the changes in Georgia law, Ashley Schiavone explains: “At the outset of an arrest, when the officer takes a suspect’s license and serves them with an intent to suspend their driving privileges administratively,” Schiavone says, “suspects now have the option to apply for an Interlock Driving permit.”
Also, in the previous law, someone who was arrested for a DUI would have ten business days from the date of the arrest to file for a hearing. Schiavone adds that under the new laws, “a DUI suspect now has 30 days from the date of the arrest to file for a hearing on the matter.”
But, there is a catch to the request for an Interlock driving permit: “Now, a suspect can either file for a hearing to contest the suspension for their license OR they can waive the right to have a hearing and instead, install the Ignition Interlock device immediately on their vehicle. The amount of time that is required on the Ignition Interlock depends on whether the suspect has taken or refused a state chemical test.”
Most importantly, there are some crucial deadlines and requirements that go along with this law. In order to understand what is best for your situation and to help you navigate the changes in the Georgia law, if you are arrested and charged with a DUI, be sure to contact your lawyer immediately to discuss your options.