What Will Happen to Your Driver's License After Your Fourth DUI?
Even though it may seem like the 3rd DUI was terrible, believe it or not, a conviction for a 4th DUI is even worse. This is because the state considers a 4th DUI to be a felony. Most driving under the influence violations are only misdemeanors. However, felonies will affect not only your ability to drive, but will also affect your right to vote, ability to run for elected office, apply for jobs, and can prevent you from owning a firearm.
Because the penalties associated with a fourth DUI are so much more serious and long-lasting, it is important to fight your DUI charges. Just because you got arrested for a fourth DUI does not mean you have to plead guilty. I understand what a 4th DUI can mean to your job and your income, your family life, and how it can affect your future. I have years of experience representing people charged with multiple DUIs, to make sure they get the fair treatment they deserve.
Fourth DUI Driver's License Revocation
A lot of things are at risk with a fourth DUI in the state of Georgia. When it comes to your driver's license, as a “habitual violator,” you driver's license will be revoked. You'll have to turn over all the license plates for your cars. This won't only affect your ability to drive, but if you share a vehicle with family members, it will impact their ability to drive. It is possible to get a special license plate, so that family members can drive your cars, but you won't be able to drive them. The special license plates are known as “hardship plates,” and have special numbers so that law enforcement and others will be able to tell that the car belongs to a habitual violator.
As a habitual violator, there will be no driving at all for two years. Only after the two year waiting period can get a limited use permit, which still has to be approved by the court. The car will have to be fitted with an ignition interlock device, and the court will tell you where and when you will be able to drive, limited to such places as school, work, alcohol abuse meetings.
Lawyer in Atlanta Defending Fourth DUI
If you or a loved one has been arrested for the 4th time and charged with driving under the influence in Atlanta, don't risk 5 years of driving restrictions and a felony record. Mandatory jail time and not being able to drive anywhere for at least two years can risk your job. Remember, you are innocent until proven guilty. The police may make you feel guilty as soon as you get pulled over, but it is the court who decides if you are guilty of any crime. That's why you need a lawyer who has built their practice on Atlanta DUI defense. Call me anytime, day or night, so we can get to work on your case, and have the charges against you dismissed or reduced.