Being arrested for driving under the influence in Georgia can be a very scary, confusing experience, so the most important thing you can do for your loved one is to stand by his side. Just knowing he has someone supporting him can go a long way.
That being said, the best course of action for someone who was just arrested for drunk driving or drugged driving depends heavily on the exact circumstances of the arrest. Because we don’t know all the details, we can’t give advice about what should be done. We can, however, tell you what your loved one is probably going to have to deal with, and you can decide how you want to support him.
Once your loved one has been officially charged with a DUI, he will be issued a Georgia Department of Driver Services Form 1205 and a Criminal Court summons or Uniform Traffic Citation for DUI. That 1205 form is his 30-day temporary driving permit. He now has 10 business days from the date of arrest to request a hearing. Once requested, the actual Administrative License Suspension hearing will usually take place anywhere from 30 to 90 days after the arrest, but the temporary driving permit may be able to be extended until the hearing occurs.
The Administrative License Suspension hearing is a civil matter, which means the person charged with DUI can send his attorney in his place if he so chooses. Either way, it is essential that someone charged with DUI consult an experienced attorney as soon as possible following the arrest. DUI charges can be very complicated and one misstep or poor decision can make things even worse.