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DUI Attorney Kim T. Stephens on New Georgia DUI Law 2017

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Criminal defense and DUI attorney Kim T. Stephens explains the new Georgia DUI law, effective July 1, 2017:

On July 1, 2017, Georgia began enforcing a new DUI ignition interlock law, the first on the books since 1999. Under the new Georgia DUI law, drivers arrested with a blood alcohol content of .15 or higher, and drivers who refuse a blood alcohol test will now have the option to install an ignition interlock device into their vehicle, instead of handing over their license. So, for Georgia DUI cases made on or after July 1, 2017, the limited permit lasts for 45 days, but electing to either follow the traditional Georgia DDS (GA DMV) appeal OR taking the ignition interlock device option must be exercised within “30 calendar days.” Only Georgia licensees, age 21 and over, arrested for their 1st DUI in 5 years in Georgia (absent other driver’s license issues like driving on a suspended license) can take advantage of this new choice.

For eligible motorists arrested for drunk driving, this additional option for seeking to lessen the harsh impact of not being allowed to drive after a DUI arrest is a welcomed alternative. It is not the best option for everyone, though, because it does have drawbacks like eliminating your right to file a DDS GA appeal of the driver’s license suspension. Stated differently, a driver must make an election within 30 days of his or her arrest to appeal the DDS GA license suspension OR to install the ignition interlock device for 1 full year, without regard to the outcome of the criminal DUI case.

For a myriad of reasons including the complexity and potential costs of making the wrong decision about whether to install the ignition interlock device after a 1st DUI arrest, call and retain criminal defense attorney Kim T. Stephens today so that he can explain to you the relationship between the criminal case for driving under the influence and the related DDS GA administrative license suspension aspect of the DUI in Georgia and help you make the right decisions during the first 30 days after arrest.

IF YOU HAVE BEEN CHARGED WITH DUI OR ANY CRIMINAL OFFENSE CALL KIM T. STEPHENS TODAY AT 706. 548. 3933 FOR PROFESSIONAL ADVICE AND A POWERFUL DEFENSE

 

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