Overview of the Penalties for DUI in Georgia

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You have numerous protections under the law, and a skilled DUI attorney can discern if there is a way to have your charges reduced to a non-DUI offense or get your case dismissed altogether. This is true even if you are said to have failed DUI tests. It is possible that there were issues with the equipment or mistakes in how the officer administered the test. Perhaps you shouldn't have been pulled over in the first place, as the police officer may not have had probable cause to stop you. Whatever the case, there are numerous reasons your DUI charge could get dismissed.


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Understanding the Impact of a DUI Conviction

You may already know about the possible jail sentence and heavy fines you could face if you have been arrested for DUI in Atlanta. These penalties in and of themselves may cost you years of your life and deal you a huge financial blow. If you are convicted of these charges, you could further be faced with job loss, driver's license suspension or revocation, probation, mandatory DUI school, and even problems with immigration.

For many, a life with a criminal record can be the most devastating penalty. Even after a sentence is served, you would still have to live with a criminal record. While in other states a DUI conviction can be expunged or erased from public record, there is no such option in Georgia. A DUI conviction is permanent. This can mean a difficult job search, trouble getting accepted as a tenant, restrictions to traveling abroad, and more.

Penalties for a First, Second, or Third DUI Conviction

Do not commit the error of thinking that a DUI charge is a small matter. Even a first-time, misdemeanor DUI charge can automatically land you in jail if you are convicted, because a sentence of incarceration is included in every mandatory minimum sentence for a DUI offense.

If you are convicted of a first-time DUI offense in Georgia, you could face:

  • A fine between $300 and $1,000
  • Up to one year in jail (must serve at least 24 hours)
  • Driver’s license suspension for three months to one year
  • At least 40 hours of community service
  • Mandatory enrollment in DUI school

If you are convicted of a second DUI within 10 years, you could be sentenced to:

  • A fine between $600 and $1,000
  • Up to one year in jail (must serve at least 72 hours)
  • Driver’s license suspension for 120 days to three years
  • At least 30 days of community service
  • Mandatory ignition interlock device installation
  • 17 weeks of substance abuse treatment

If you are convicted of a third DUI within 10 years, you could be sentenced to:

  • A fine between $1,000 to $5,000
  • Up to one year in jail (must serve at least 15 days)
  • Driver's license suspension for two to five years
  • At least 30 days of community service
  • Mandatory ignition interlock device installation
  • 17 weeks of substance abuse treatment

Any subsequent DUI offense could be charged as a felony, which could result in one to five years in prison.

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