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Administrative License Suspension Hearings

Richmond Hill DUI Attorneys

The state of Georgia has an interesting way of penalizing drivers arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) that is quite controversial. Even if you are not actually convicted of a DUI, the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) can suspend your license for anywhere between one month to a year. The only way to stop this automatic suspension from taking place is to file for an administrative license suspension (ALS) hearing with a professional legal advocate.

The Richmond Hill DUI lawyers at Balbo & Gregg, Attorneys at Law, PC can help you file for this appeal if you have recently been arrested for a DUI in Georgia. You need to act right away, though; there is a brief window of opportunity to request an ALS hearing.


Contact our firm without delay. Your future freedoms are in the balance!


You Have Only 10 Days to Take Action

You only have 10 days to file your ALS hearing request or appeal after you were arrested for a DUI. If you fail to do so, the DDS will suspend your license for a lengthy period of time after the 30th day since your arrest has passed. As this is not a form of punishment related directly to the criminal justice system, there is no criminal defense lawyer in the country that can protect you from the DDS's automatic suspension if you fail to file for an ALS within 10 days.

You can expect a filing fee of around $150 when requesting your ALS. For most people, this fee is well worth the cost of keeping their driving privileges as their DUI case is processed. The fee, however, is the primary source of the controversy, as it essentially allows the state to make money off motorists without obtaining a conviction. Essentially, completely sober people could be arrested for a DUI and lose $150 to avoid major inconveniences and frustrations.

Preparing for Your ALS Hearing

While actually filing for your ALS hearing before the 10 day window expires is critical, it is not the only thing you need to worry about. At your ALS hearing, you may have to prove why your license should not be suspended, or even why your arrest was unlawful.

Our Hinesville DUI attorneys can examine your case and bring up the following questions during your ALS hearing:

  • Were you read the implied consent law?
  • Were you asked to submit to a field sobriety test?
  • Did the arresting officer have sufficient reason to stop you?

There is so much in the air after being arrested for a DUI in Georgia, you need to do all you can to catch everything. Inaction or hesitation could mean surrendering your freedoms to the state through an automatic suspension. Taking action could mean retaining your driving privileges and challenging your DUI charges.


Start preparing for the worst case scenario now so you can fight for the best possible outcome. Get a free case evaluation with our team today.


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