Fulton County ALS Hearing Lawyer
LEGAL REPRESENTATION FOR YOUR ALS HEARING
The ALS (Administrative License Suspension) hearing provides an opportunity to fight the case for license suspension in a DUI case. In order to have this opportunity, you must request it in writing within 30 days of the date of your arrest. It is to your advantage to retain a Fulton County DUI lawyer to represent you at the ALS hearing. Obviously, a license suspension adds serious complications to your life. If it can be prevented or the length of time can be reduced, it will be better for you. Our firm exclusively serves drivers charged with driving under the influence. We have resolved over 4,600 DUI cases and have assembled a team of experts to support the case for you, both in criminal court and at an ALS hearing.
ALS HEARING ATTORNEY IN FULTON COUNTY, GA
In 1st DUI cases where no one was injured or no accident occurred, a license suspension of 1 year is the usual term. It may be possible to obtain a restricted license after one month. If your ALS hearing does not result in a favorable decision for you, an appeal can be filed. With the experience and knowledge of our legal team on your side, you can increase the possibility of keeping your license. Our firm will examine all the facts surrounding your case. We will want to examine whether law enforcement had reasonable grounds to warrant stopping you. We will determine if standard procedures were adhered to, such as a advising you of your implied consent rights. We will also look to see if any tests administered were conducted properly by a qualified person. It is not uncommon to find that there were rights violations or improper testing procedures, in which case we will aggressively seek a dismissal of the charges. These are all the same factors that the hearing will review.
IGNITION INTERLOCK DEVICE
Within 30 days of your arrest, you must either request an ALS hearing or install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle. After installation, you need to go to the Georgia Department of Driver Services to apply for an ignition interlock permit. If you took a blood, breath, or urine test, then the device must be on your car for at least 120 days. If you refused testing, the device must be on your vehicle for 12 months and cannot be removed for any reason. Even if you win your case or it is reduced to reckless driving, the device will have to stay on your vehicle.
This is a big change from the past when winning the underlying case, or getting it reduced to another charge, eliminated the administrative license suspension. That is why installing the device is a big commitment, and it is not for everyone. When facing this decision, please call one of our Fulton County DUI Lawyers to help evaluate your options.
However, the interlock option does open up the opportunity to fight more cases. Many of our clients, in the past, have had to make the difficult decision to enter a plea of guilty, just to save their license. No more! Now, we have the opportunity to fight a person's cases without facing a hard suspension of their driver's license.
That being said, there are risks. Even a minor traffic offense can result in the interlock permit being suspended for six months. We ask our clients to let us know if they have received a ticket, so we can help them avoid a suspension.
For the greatest chance of a positive outcome at your hearing, contact a Fulton County, GA ALS hearing attorney at our firm today.