How quickly should you higher an attorney if you were arrested for DUI? Preferably, within days of your arrest as some of your rights disappear within days of your arrest. Most notably, the right to appeal your driver’s license suspension at an ALS hearing. These hearings are usually required within only ten (10) days of your arrest.
If you were arrested for a DUI in Georgia, it is likely your license was confiscated and your license suspended by the Department of Driver Services (DDS). What is worse, your license will likely be suspended until your day in court to resolve your DUI by trial or plea, which is often several months if not years after your arrest.
Fortunately, there is a way to lift the initial DDS suspension by immediately requesting a hearing to appeal it. This is known as an “administrative license suspension hearing” or “ALS hearing.” However, the request for an ALS hearing must be made within 10 business days from the date of your arrest, and must be accompanied by $150.00 payment. If you do not successfully obtain a hearing date, your license suspension will be enforced for the duration, usually six months but even up to 5 years depending on the age and driving history of the arrestee. If you do obtain an ALS hearing, an administrative law judge will listen to the evidence and determine whether the suspension would be enforced or not. There are numerous reasons why a suspension may not be enforceable, so it is vital to have an attorney representing you at one of these hearings if one has been scheduled. If you have not requested a hearing, contact an experienced DUI attorney to ensure your rights are protected.