New Ignition Interlock Device Limited Permit Available July 1st
Drivers charged with DUI in the state of Georgia now have a new option to retain their driving privileges while their criminal case is pending. Drivers have 30 calendar days (as opposed to 10 business days under the old law) to decide if they will A) allow the automatic suspension of their driver's license to occur on the 46th day after arrest, B) send $150 filing fee to the GA Dept. of Driver Services and request a hearing, or C) apply for a $25 Ignition Interlock Device Limited Permit (IIDLP) from the GA DDS. Those choosing option C cannot have a previous DUI conviction in the last five years, cannot have a DUI that resulted in death or serious injury, and cannot use the IIDLP to keep their Commercial Drivers License certification. The IIDLP would be required for four months if you gave a sample over the legal limit, and required for a full year if you refused the state administered chemical test. If your case was reduced prior to the expiration of your four months, you could get full driving privileges back. However, if you signed up for the full twelve month IIDLP, you would have to serve the full twelve months even if your case was completely dismissed after you applied for the permit. The IIDLP is a good option for someone who wishes to fight a DUI refusal case, but cannot afford to lose the ability to drive for work or school. The cost of having an ignition interlock device installed and maintained on your one personal vehicle is charged by third-party vendor, such as as Lifesaver Interlock. It is imperative that you speak with a skilled DUI attorney to see which option is best for you.