A Warning to Savannah Drivers: If you were recently charged with driving under the influence (DUI) after failing the breathalyzer or refusing to take a breath test, you are in danger of automatically losing your driving privileges--unless you submit an appeal to the Department of Driver Services (DDS) within 10 business days. If you have recently found yourself in this situation, you should immediately contact Attorney Elmer H. (Pete) Young to contest this suspension; in fact, as a client of our law firm, your license appeal will be handled for absolutely FREE.
During a drunk-driving arrest, Savannah police officers may use two different types of breathalyzer tests: preliminary and evidentiary. However, many people are unaware that only the evidentiary is required--you can refuse the preliminary breathalyzer without any consequences. The preliminary test is often used during the traffic stop to determine if a DUI arrest can be made, and your reading from this test cannot be used in court.
The mandatory evidentiary test is administered at the police station or a mobile police unit after your arrest. Refusing to take this test could result in an automatic license suspension for at least one year (defending on your criminal record) and may be used as evidence of your guilt by the prosecution.
It may seem odd that you would face penalties for refusing to take a test; however, Georgia's Implied Consent law states that all drivers--by virtue of having a license--have automatically agreed to comply with an officers request to take a chemical test if suspected of driving while impaired.
Fortunately, fighting you administrative DDS license suspension is possible. Mr. Young's legal staff can prepare your license appeal letter and submit your hearing request to the DDS. Once your request is approved, Mr. Young can represent you in the hearing and gather valuable evidence from the officer's testimony that can be used to prepare your defense for the criminal trial.
Losing your license can have a significant impact on your life, so don't give it up without a fight! Contact our law office now to schedule an appointment for your FREE case analysis.