If a member of law enforcement stopped and arrested you for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol in Georgia, you face several consequences. One such consequence is an administrative license suspension. An administrative license suspension typically goes into effect before any court involvement. What happens after the imposition of an ALS depends on the outcome of your DUI case.

According to the Georgia Department of Driver Services, if the courts impose an ALS based on the results of your breath, blood or urine samples, the suspension will remain in effect for a period of between one and five years. The length of the suspension is dependent upon your driving history. Also depending on your driving history, you may be eligible for early reinstatement of your driving privileges and/or a limited driving permit.

If the suspension is the result of your refusal to submit to a breath, blood or urine test, your license will remain suspended for one year, possibly longer. In this case, you would not be eligible for early reinstatement of your driving privileges, and nor would the court grant you a limited driving permit.

If you attempt to drive on a suspended license or with suspended driving privileges, you are guilty of a crime. If arrested for and convicted of this crime, the court may impose criminal penalties and subject your license to an addiction period of suspension.

If the courts decide to reverse an ALS (which often occurs after a not-guilty verdict), the status of your license will automatically revert to “Valid.” The DDS will erase all traces of the proposed suspension within the seven to 10 days following your hearing.

You should not use the contents of this article as legal advice. It is for educational purposes only.