DUI penalties in Georgia

The penalties that could be imposed for your first, second, third or more DUI convictions can be significant, but the extent of those penalties may vary depending upon which county you are arrested in, and the specific circumstances of your arrest.

Georgia DUI Penalties

Understanding DUI conviction consequences

Every court has a unique way of handling DUIs and as a result, it can be tricky trying to find out exactly which consequences you will be facing when you first start doing research. Know that the specific outcomes will vary, but below we have outlined the basic penalties for the consequences you may be facing if you are convicted of a DUI in Georgia

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  • There will often be a fine that can be as low as $300.00 but often is closer to $600.00 or more. The court will add on surcharges, which often will result in the base fine amount being doubled. Typically, you will have the opportunity to pay off the fine over the course of 6 months.
  • You will be required to perform at least 40 hours of community service at a non-profit organization of your choosing.
  • You will also be required to be on supervised probation for at least 12 months. If you live a far distance from court, you may be permitted to report by telephone.
  • Your license will be suspended for at least 120 days. However, if you are a Georgia license holder, you should be eligible for a limited permit that will allow you to drive to and from work.
  • You will have to submit to a drug and alcohol evaluation with a licensed professional. Any treatment that the counselor recommends will be incorporated into your sentence and attendance at future treatment sessions will be mandated.
  • You will have to enroll and complete DUI School (often referred to as Risk Reduction).
  • You may be asked to attend a Victim Impact Panel through MADD.
  • The fine will range between $600.00 to $1000.00 plus court costs.
  • You will be required to perform at least 240 hours of community service at a non-profit organization of your choosing.
  • You will be on probation for at least 12 months.
  • Your license will be suspended for 120 days with no eligibility for a limited work permit.
  • However, after 120 days, if you are enrolled in a qualified treatment program you will be eligible for a limited work permit so long as an Ignition Interlock Device is installed in your vehicle.
  • You will have to surrender the tags (license plates) of any and all vehicles in your name.
  • You will have to complete an intensive treatment program (at least a 17-week treatment).
  • You will have to serve at least 3 days in custody, but most jurisdictions require far more jail time and/or enrollment in DUI Court (rigorous court-supervised addiction treatment program).
  • You will have to attend and complete DUI School.
  • Your photo will be published in the local paper.
  • The fine can be anywhere between $300 and $1000.
  • You will be required to perform at least 40 hours of community service.
  • At least 12 months probation.
  • License suspension of at least 120 days – with work permit eligibility for Georgia license holders.
  • Drug and alcohol evaluation.
  • DUI School.
  • In addition to the above-mentioned terms, it is likely that the prosecutor will ask for enhanced jail time, community service and probation.
  • At minimum you will be required to serve 15 days in jail, but many jurisdictions require far more jail time.
  • The fine can range between $1000.00 and $5000.00 plus surcharges.
  • 240 hours of community service.
  • Drug and alcohol evaluation.
  • DUI School.
  • 5-year license revocation, with eligibility for a limited work permit after two years.
  • Surrender all tags on vehicles that are registered in your name.
  • Publication of your photo in the local paper.
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Criminal defense for DUI

The extent and severity of the penalties you may ultimately face cannot be fully appreciated without speaking with an experienced and knowledgeable Georgia DUI attorney. Practically speaking, there is a somewhat shocking disparity of sentencing practices that can vary based upon county, prosecutor, judge and defense attorney. Selecting the right attorney who has intimate knowledge of those practices is critical to ensuring an optimal result in your case.

When you’re facing a DUI charge, you can rely on Attorney Erin Gerstenzang for the defense you deserve. With offices located in Atlanta, Erin frequently attends court not only in the local metro-Atlanta area (Fulton County), but also in many surrounding counties, including regular appearances in Cherokee, Cobb, Gwinnett, DeKalb, and Paulding counties, and has successfully handled a wide variety of DUI charges in all areas.

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