What happens after a first DUI arrest in Georgia

Posted by Richard Lawson | Sep 12, 2012 | 0 Comments


If you are arrested for DUI in Georgia, and it is your first offense, it is an extremely stressful event.  For those whose arrest is their first offense, you may feel like you have no place to turn.  Don't panic.  Your first step is to choose the best DUI defense.

You have many options, but time is of the essence.  In Georgia, you only have 30 days to file your 30 day letter.

What is the 30 day letter?

The 30 day letter is the start of the process of defending your DUI case in Georgia.  It is the request for a Georgia ALS Hearing, the process of saving your license in Georgia. If you don't have a Georgia DUI Attorney file your hearing request, your drivers license will be suspended for up to one year.

What happens next?

The next steps in the process include arraignment, investigation of your case, motions hearings, pretrial conference, plea-bargaining, and trial.

In our next serious of articles, the entire Georgia DUI Process will be explained in great detail. If you were arrested for DUI in Atlanta, Call Atlanta DUI Attorney Richard Lawson today.


The 10 day letter as described previously has now been extended to a 30 day letter. If you have been arrested for a DUI, you now have 30 days to either appeal your automatic license suspension or install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle. If you do not file an appeal or install the interlock device before the 30 days are up, it will result in your license being suspended for up to one year. For more information, please visit 30 Day Letter / ALS Hearings

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