Being arrested for a DUI (driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs) offense can be a frightening experience that can result in serious consequences. Many people unsuspecting people are pulled over for DUI every day that did not realize that they were impaired until they were arrested.

A DUI arrest involves two separate legal proceedings. The first is an “Administrative License Suspension” in which the Department of Driver Services will attempt to administratively suspend your license. You must file an appeal with DDS within ten business days after your arrest. If you fail to appeal this suspension you may lose your license for one full year. The second legal proceeding is the criminal case by the State Attorney’s Office.

While it is not illegal to drink and drive in Georgia, it is illegal to drive if your normal faculties are impaired due to the influence of alcohol or drugs. You may not know that our bodies handle alcohol differently and due to individual circumstances you may be more or less affect by the same amount of alcohol than your friend or loved one.

Furthermore, as a citizen of the United States and as a resident or visitor of the State of Georgia, you have certain constitutional rights under the United States Constitution and the Georgia Constitution. Some of these rights include the right to privacy as well as the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures. Our attorneys will scrutinize your case for constitutional violations and ensure that law enforcement respected your rights during your traffic stop.

Contact the attorneys at John E. Tomlinson, P.C. (770) 554-4990, or by email, today to ensure that your rights are protected.

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