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Why timing is everything if you've been charged with a DUI

If you've been charged with driving under the influence, you will have quite a bit on your mind in the immediate aftermath of your arrest and subsequent release. For instance, chances are very good that the pending criminal prosecution has you worried about how a conviction could potentially affect your freedom, your professional reputation and your future.

While this is certainly understandable, it's also important to realize that there is another issue worthy of your immediate concern: the potential loss of your driver's license.

Indeed, the reality concerning DUI arrests here in Georgia is that they can essentially be divided into two different legal proceedings comprised of 1) the criminal case and 2) the administrative license suspension hearing, which is essentially an administrative determination as to whether your driver's license should be suspended prior to your trial.

When it comes to the ALS hearing, it's important to understand that it is not automatically granted. Rather, state law dictates that a person has ten business days from the date of their DUI arrest to submit a written request -- known as the 10-day letter -- to the Georgia Department of Driver Services asking for a hearing on the pending license suspension.

If all this sounds somewhat confusing and perhaps more than you would prefer to deal with at this juncture, it might be time to consider speaking with an experienced legal professional.   

At Burns & Speights, P.C., we have over two decades of experience handling all manner of criminal law cases. This experience, in turn, has provided us with the knowledge, skill and determination needed to handle all aspects of DUI arrests, including the ALS hearing.

The sooner you contact us after an impaired driving arrest, the sooner we can get to work preparing a compelling defense and protecting your driver's license. Indeed, as we discussed above, time is truly of the essence in these matters so it behooves you to act quickly.  

To learn more about our services or the process behind the 30-day letter, please visit our website

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