In the state of Georgia, a refusal to submit to state administered chemical testing after a DUI arrest (upon filing of proper paperwork by the arresting officer) will result in a one year drivers license suspension. This is a "hard" suspension meaning that if an Administrative License SUSPENSION (ALS) is imposed it will run for one year with no ability to obtain any type of limited permit. This is important to know BEFORE you are in the position of being asked to blow on the side of the road because for many people not submitting means an early plea to DUI.
In these types of cases, once an ALS suspension begins to run, the only thing that will stop the suspension is an aquittal at trial or a reduction to a non-DUI disposition. Either of these outcomes will both (1) end the suspension and (2) cause the record of the suspension to be deleted from the driver record.
DUI - Alcohol - over the legal limit (1st ever ALS Suspension)
In a situaton where this is the 1st ALS suspension (meaning you weren't previously arrested for DUI and had a suspension imposed administratively as a result of that case), upon submitting to the test and being over the legal limit, you can still be suspended. This is a less harsh form of suspension. In this type of case, the driver, if suspended will face a 30 day suspension. During this 30 day suspension, the driver is entitled to a limited permit to drive for work purposes, and to and from school. During the 30 days, the driver must attend Georgia Risk Reduction. On day 31 (with proof of completion of the Risk Reduction Course), the driver may receive his/her full license back.
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