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These Are The Penalties for a DUI in Georgia

Being convicted of a DUI is a very serious offense with harsh penalties attached. Here are the consequences you may face for a DUI conviction:

Elements of a Georgia DUI

You may be arrested for a DUI if you are in actual physical control of a vehicle:

  • With a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) or 0.08% or more
    • If you’re operating a commercial vehicle, the limit is reduced to 0.04%
    • If you’re younger than 21 years old, the limit is reduced to 0.02%
  • While “under the influence” of alcohol, drugs, or controlled substances
  • With any amount of marijuana or illegal drugs in your blood or urine

Regardless of your driving impairment, if you have a BAC of 0.08% or more, you can be charged with a per se DUI. Additionally, if your BAC is lower than 0.08% but the arresting officer believes that you are unsafe to be on the road, you may be charged with a DUI.

Penalties

1st Offense

  • 10 days to 12 months incarceration
  • Fines of $300 to $1,000
  • Minimum of 20 hours of community service
    • If your BAC was over 0.08%, the number of hours increases to 40

2nd Offense

  • 90 days to 12 months incarceration
  • Fines of $600 to $1,000
  • Minimum of 30 days of community service

3rd Offense

  • 120 days to 12 months incarceration
  • Fines of $1,000 to $5,000
  • Minimum of 30 days of community service

Probation

You’ll be placed on probation for 12 months, reduced by any jail time served.

Treatment

You must complete an alcohol and drug clinical evaluation and abide by the recommended treatment program.

Passengers Under 21 Years

If you were driving with a minor passenger when you were arrested for a DUI, you may be charged with a separate offense of child endangerment. A conviction of this nature will add up to 12 months of incarceration and up to $1,000 in additional fines.

Relinquishment

You must relinquish your driver’s license plates if you are convicted of a second DUI within a five year time period. You’ll get them back when your license is reinstated.

A DUI arrest is not something you should take lightly, so it is unwise to attempt to handle a situation like this on your own. Our attorneys have helped many other people in similar situations clear their names of charges, and we may be able to help you, too.

Contact our experienced attorneys at The Dickerson Firm LLC by calling (678) 903-1336 or by filling out our online contact form.

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