Buyer Beware: New D.U.I. Interlock Permit Law

On July 1, 2017, House Bill 205 became effective, offering individuals charged with a D.U.I. the ability to apply for a special kind of driving permit: The Ignition Interlock Device Limited Permit.  As the Department of Driver Serices states on their press release,

                  Persons who have been charged with driving under the influence (DUI) in Georgia and whose Georgia driver’s license is subject to an administrative license suspension (ALS) may have the option beginning July 1st to obtain a new type of limited driving permit from the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS). 

                   The new permit, technically referred to as an “Ignition Interlock Device Limited Permit”, will be conditioned upon the person whose driver’s license is subject to an ALS voluntarily waiving his or her right to an administrative hearing and having an ignition interlock device installed on any vehicle they intend to drive.  The current ALS process, including the right to an administrative hearing, will remain in place as an option for persons whose driver’s license is subject to an ALS and either do not qualify for or do not wish to obtain the new permit.  Click HERE for the full press release.

Unfortunately,  this statute has been misinterpreted and some companies have been instructing individuals that this is required for them to retain their driving privileges.

As always, stay informed and know your rights.  This is an OPTIONAL alternative for individuals wishing to waive their A.L.S. hearing.

Before you find yourself paying needlessly for the installation and monitoring of an interlock device, consult with an attorney regarding your specific situation.

If you or someone you know is facing a DUI, or you just have questions, send us an email or give us a call at 770-415-9848 at the Sellers Law Firm: Where Clients Become Family.