It used to be in the state of Georgia that the punishment for DUI convictions increased if you had more than one such conviction in a five year period.  You may or may not know that the period for adding DUI convictions together, resulting in enhanced punishment, is now ten years in the state of Georgia.

Ten years is a long time.  The chances are very good that if you enjoy drinking alcohol and if you foolishly choose to drive after drinking alcohol, then you’ll find yourself facing enhanced punishment for DUI convictions.   It’s simple math…the chance that you’ll be arrested for DUI more than once in a ten year period is at least twice what it was for a five year period.  Think about that and be wise and be cautious.

Few people know that in Georgia you can lose your driver’s license after a DUI arrest without ever being convicted of any crime.  In Georgia, if your blood alcohol content is .08 or above you can be required to request an administrative hearing after your arrest for DUI.  If you do not request that hearing your driver’s license can be administratively suspended by the Department of Driver Services for a year or more.  If you do request the hearing and if you lose on the merits at the administrative hearing that results, then your driver’s license will be suspended for a year or more.  This suspension of your driver’s license occurs as a result of an administrative proceeding that is separate from and that takes place in addition to the proceedings in the criminal court where you will be prosecuted for the crime of DUI.  So your Georgia driver’s license can be suspended without ever being found guilty of the DUI that you were arrested for.

The best bet is to contact a competent DUI attorney immediately after your arrest for DUI.  You only have ten days after your arrest within which to request the administrative hearing.  So don’t mess around if you’re arrested for DUI.