Georgia Ignition Interlock Hardship Waivers
Top Rated Attorney Evan Watson discusses Georgia Ignition Interlock Waivers for 2/5 DUI Offenders.
What is Ignition Interlock in Georgia?Ignition Interlock is a device that must be installed on your vehicle if you are convicted of a 2/5 DUI charge in Georgia. The interlock is installed and maintained by a third party vendor and disables your vehicle if you give a positive breath sample into the device. Further, a log is kept by the provider that will show all positive readings through the month, thus exposing you to probation violations. Ignition interlock installation and maintenance will cost you hundreds of dollars over the term you must keep it.
Can I get a Hardship Waiver for Interlock?Under Georgia law, only your trial judge has the authority to grant you a hardship waiver for interlock. If, after a hearing, the judge decides that installing and maintaining interlock would subject you to an "undue financial hardship", then the judge may sign an order exempting you from the requirement. Keep in mind, this only exempts you from interlock. DDS will still require that you pay your reinstatement fee, undergo an alcohol and drug evaluation and treatment, and complete a Risk Reduction course.
How to Successfully Get a Hardship WaiverI have represented dozens of clients seeking hardship waivers and generally I take time to point out: (a) how long it has been since my client last had a license (b) whether my client successfully completed the probation term without revocations (c) that my client has had no new DUI charges (d) my client's past and current financial situation, including dependents and other special circumstances and (e) why my client's situation now is dire to obtain a driver's license.