While the most important first step in handling an Atlanta DUI case is to hire an attorney who specializes in DUI defense.
Atlanta DUI Defense: Protect Your License
Driver’s arrested for DUI in Atlanta, who are beginning their Atlanta DUI defense, have 10 business days from the date of their arrest to file an appeal with the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) to keep their license from being administratively suspended. If this appeal is not filed within the proper time frame the driver’s license will be administratively suspended 31 days after the driver’s arrest. This applies to all drivers even if they are licensed in another state.
When calculating the 10 business days do not count the date of your client’s arrest, weekends, or federal holidays. The appeal letter only has to be postmarked within 10 business days; it does not have to be received by DDS within 10 business days. We highly recommend mailing the letter via certified mail with return receipt requested. This provides proof that your client sent the letter.
The appeal letter needs to include your client’s name, date of birth, date of arrest, license number, mailing address, phone number, whether or not the client submitted to the state chemical test, and grounds for the appeal. Your client must also include a check for $150 made payable to the “State of Georgia Department of Driver Services” or his appeal will not be accepted. It is very important to file this appeal within the given time frame. Once the initial appeal has been filed a DUI specialist may file an amended appeal laying out the grounds for appeal.
Atlanta DUI Defense: Write Your Own Report
The police officer is going to create a police report stating what he observed. This is your opportunity to create your own report, and to aid in your Atlanta DUI defense. You need to write down everything you can remember as soon as you can while the events are still fresh in your mind. Start with everything you did beginning the day of the arrest from the moment you woke up until you got home from the jail. You should note the time you woke up, what you did at work, when and what you ate, any medications you took, who you were with prior to the arrest, their contact information, all interactions he recalls with the police, and what happened once he was at the jail. Try and write it down as soon as you can and put it in a safe place.
Georgia DUI Defense: Preserve Evidence
Preserve any evidence that tends to prove your innocence to help aid in your Atlanta DUI defense. Such evidence may include a bar receipt showing he only had 2 drinks, or the names and phone numbers of people who were with him all evening who may testify you were not drinking. This type of evidence disappears quickly, or fades from people’s memories. It is important to preserve this evidence as soon as you can. When dealing with bar receipts, and other documents, it is important to have the originals, but it is a very good idea to scan these documents onto your hard drive or take a photo and save them in your phone for safe keeping.
Atlanta DUI Defense: Check Your PR
Many jurisdictions place the contact information, charges, and mugshots of DUI suspects online. You need to be aware that a Google search of your name may bring this information to the first page of Google. As if this wasn’t bad enough many extortion websites such as Mugshots.com will duplicate this information, and charge a fee (usually $500) to remove it. Even though you have not been convicted of the DUI the second he was fingerprinted at the jail the DUI charge went on your criminal history. If you are looking for a job, or is about to receive a promotion, you need to be aware, and be prepared to explain your arrest to potential employers and/or HR.
Atlanta DUI cases are some of the most challenging and difficult cases to handle in Georgia. People arrested for DUI need the expertise and knowledge of a well seasoned DUI specialist. The Howard Law Group specializes in Atlanta DUI Charges. We are in court everyday, and have seen many people try to defend themselves. If you follow the instructions above, AND hire a DUI Lawyer, you chances of NOT having an Atlanta DUI on your record are good. Contact the Howard Law Group ASAP.