If you’ve ever been arrested for a DUI or know someone who has, you can probably attest to the fact that it’s a completely bewildering circumstance. Besides the embarrassment and humiliation of being arrested and incarcerated, there’s the financial toll of the arrest and subsequent fines, bonds, and fees, often costing thousands of dollars. In addition, there’s community service and/or jail time, coupled with the fact that their license will soon be suspended. However, Georgia drivers who have been arrested for DUI have ten (10) business days from the date of the arrest to appeal for a stop to the automatic suspension of their Georgia driver’s license. This is known as the 10-Day Rule. If the driver isn’t able to provide a 10-Day Appeal Letter, which allows them to drive under limited conditions, their license is suspended for a period of at least twelve (12) months.

In order to preserve driving privileges, drivers must submit a 10-Day Appeal Letter if:

  • They refuse to submit to the state’s chemical testing;
  • They submit to the test, which results in a blood alcohol level (BAL) of 0.08 or higher;
  • They were holding a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) and operating their commercial vehicle and the state’s chemical test indicates a BAL of 0.04 or higher;
  • They’re under the age of 21 and submitted to the state’s chemical test, which indicated a BAL of 0.02 or higher;

Generally, it’s recommended that any driver arrested for DUI in Georgia submit a 10-Day Appeal Letter to ensure that their driver’s license is protected.

An Advocate When You Need One

Speaking of being protected, it’s important that you employ the services of a licensed and capable bonding company if you or anybody you know ever ends up on the wrong end of an arrest. Whether it’s a DUI or any other infraction, your bail bondsman will work on your behalf, as your advocate, when you need one the most. In addition to the helpful benefit of working with someone who knows the criminal justice system and its processes, more personally, a licensed bondsman will help you or a loved one get out of jail quicker, helping you preserve your job and your responsibility to your family. A bonding company will also strive to protect your rights as a defendant.

Because an arrest can be a potentially disturbing experience, it’s important to know what your rights are and that bail bondsmen are available to you and seek to serve you and help you in your greatest time of need.