My License Was Confiscated At The Time Of Arrest. Can I Still Drive?
After a DUI arrest, you have 45 days during which your license will still be valid. That is based on the likelihood that the officer is turning in a 1205 notice, which is an administrative license suspension. You have 30 days after your arrest to apply for an administrative license suspension hearing. As soon as you apply for a hearing, the administrative department extends that driver’s license validity until the hearing date. At that point, as long as you carry the 1205 notice that the officer gave you when you were released from jail, you can legally drive.
What Can I Do If I Miss My Final Administrative Hearing Date?
In Georgia, the administrative hearing date is a hard deadline and there is very little that can be done if you miss it. It is very important that you get that administrative hearing filed within 30 days.
Will My Driver’s License Be Reinstated after a Suspension?
In order to get your driver’s license reinstated, you have to complete the reinstatement requirements. Usually, that includes paying a $210 reinstatement fee and taking both a driving course and a defensive driving course, with a subsequent evaluation. If it is a second DUI, you will also have interlock devices on your vehicle.
Is There A Certain Look Back Period For Prior DUI Convictions?
There are actually two different look back periods for prior DUI convictions.
First is the lookback period for the suspension of your driver’s license which is 5 years from the date of your conviction. If it is your first conviction for DUI in the last five years, then you are eligible to get the first in five affidavit, which gives you the ability to get a driver’s permit.
Second is for sentencing purposes there is a 10-year lookback period from the date of arrest to the date of the new arrest.