DeKalb County DUI Lawyer
A vehicle is a must-have accessory for anyone who lives or works in the Metropolitan Atlanta area. The city’s public transportation system will get you only so far, and with the limited number of alternate options available, it’s certainly not easy to get around the metro area without a vehicle. As a result, driving is something most Atlanta motorists take for granted and the idea of being without personal transportation is a bit hard to fathom. However, if you are charged with driving under the influence (DUI) in DeKalb County, this imaginary scenario can quickly become a reality, as your license will be suspended automatically after your arrest. Fortunately, experienced DeKalb County DUI lawyer Thomas J. Thomas can help you avoid this life-altering penalty, as well as many of the other consequences of a drunk driving conviction.
Under Georgia state law, a DUI arrest automatically triggers a license suspension. Almost immediately after you are arrested, the Department of Driver Services (DDS) will begin processing your suspension, which will begin 30 days after your arrest. Until that time, the DS-1205 form (the document you should have received when you were initially charged) will serve as your temporary license, so it is important to carry it with you at all times.
In addition to being a temporary license, the DS-1205 form also contains very important information about how to appeal your suspension. In order to do this, you must request an administrative hearing with the DDS no later than ten business days after your arrest. If you don’t submit a request or submit your request past this deadline, you will lose your one and only chance to contest your license suspension.
When you submit your request, you must provide a detailed explanation of the reason you are appealing your license suspension—otherwise, your request will be denied. Because every driver’s case is different, and due to the number of legal strategies that can be used to challenge a DUI arrest, it is important to discuss your case with a lawyer immediately.
Clearly, the best way to avoid a license suspension is to avoid being convicted of DUI—and attorney Thomas J. Thomas can help make that happen. As an exclusive DUI practitioner and member of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Mr. Thomas’s in-depth knowledge and extensive trial experience have helped thousands of drivers successfully challenge their license suspension and minimize the overall impact of a DUI arrest. His aggressive trial tactics are known throughout the industry, and his legal prowess has earned him the highest possible “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell, America’s most respected attorney rating service.
To improve your chances of retaining your driving privileges and earning a positive outcome at your administrative hearing, contact the Law Offices of Thomas J. Thomas today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with one of the top DUI lawyers in the area.