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Penalties for DUI in Georgia

Arrested for DUI? Call Our Skilled Atlanta DUI Attorney!

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.

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.

At Willis Law Firm, our team of legal and forensic experts can explore the range of defenses that may be available in your case. We have more than a century of collective experience and can put our knowledge and resources to work for you! Call (404) 566-5199 today.

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.

Georgia DUI Point System

Having a license suspended indicates to employers, insurance companies, and others that a driver may be a liability behind the wheel. Georgia looks at the past 24 months of a driver's record and the points they have accumulated in that time. If there have been 15 or more accumulated points (if the driver is under the age of 21 it is just 4 points) can lead to a suspension. Those that have a license suspension due to a points violation will have their driving privileges revoked and be ordered to pay an appointed fine.

The more points a traffic violation incurs, the more severe the traffic incident. Unlawfully passing a school bus, speeding more than 34 mph over the posted speed limit, and reckless driving all carry the highest amount of points. If the driver has engaged in a serious violation, their license will be automatically suspended. These violations include driving under the influence, hit and runs, and attempting to evade a police officer.

What are the Penalties for a First, Second, or Third DUI Conviction in Georgia?

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.

Contact Our Atlanta DUI Attorney for a Free Consultation

You have every reason to fight your DUI. Working with the Atlanta DUI lawyer at this firm, you also have a great chance of succeeding. Don't make the mistake of thinking your case is too tough or that you don't have a defense. At Willis Law Firm, we have earned a national reputation by winning the supposedly unwinnable DUI cases – which is one of the many reasons why our lawyer has been included in Super Lawyers® or Super Lawyers® Rising Stars. With an impressive history of successful case results, and a trail of awards that includes a perfect Avvo rating and the highest rating for ethics and legal skill from Martindale-Hubbell®, you can trust that your case will be in good hands with Willis Law Firm.

Hire a firm that has more than 20 years of defense experience. Call for your free, no-obligation consultation today.

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