One of the reasons it’s so important for anyone charged with Driving Under the Influence (DUI) to hire an experienced traffic attorney is because your first DUI conviction will amplify the consequences of any future DUIs. A second DUI conviction not only carries heftier penalties than a first DUI, but also involves a complex process for getting your driver’s license reinstated. There is a lot of incorrect information out there, so here is the truth about license reinstatement after a second DUI conviction within a five-year period:
- There is a hard suspension for four months after the plea. (This means absolutely NO driving!)
- After four months, you may be able to get a limited permit to drive to work or school, which is valid for the next twelve months. HOWEVER, you must first prove to the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS):
- You have completed the twenty-hour Risk Reduction Class (DUI School).
- You have completed the Alcohol and Drug Evaluation.
- You have an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) on any car you drive, which requires you to blow into the device and prevents the car from starting if alcohol is detected.
- After those twelve months, you may be able to get a limited permit for an additional two months.
- Finally, after eighteen months of suspension, you can get your license reinstated by proving to the Georgia DDS:
- You have completed DUI School.
- You have completed a substance abuse program if it was recommended based on your Alcohol and Drug Evaluation. If no substance abuse program was recommended, you MUST receive a waiver from the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD).
- You have had an IID for one year, unless waived by the Court for financial hardship.
- You have paid a $210 reinstatement fee.
** Please note: I get many calls from folks wanting to seek the financial hardship waiver for the IID, but there are a few important factors to consider. First, it is very rare for a judge to order a waiver. Second, if you do receive a waiver for the IID, you are NOT eligible for any limited permit, meaning you would have a hard suspension for the full eighteen months!
Because driver’s license reinstatement laws are complex, it is wise to hire an experienced, knowledgeable DUI lawyer to help guide you through the process. To begin discussing your case, call Mickey Roberts at 770-923-4948 for more information. Or, to stay up-to-date on the latest DUI and traffic law news, follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.