Posted by Jim Yeargan in on October 22, 2014
Georgia DUI Penalties
Most DUIs are charged as misdemeanors. If you have multiple convictions or if someone else gets hurt, you can be charged with a felony. The penalties for DUI get more severe with each subsequent conviction.
First DUI: The first time you’re convicted of DUI you’ll be required to spend at least 24 hours, but no more than 12 months, behind bars. Additional penalties can include probation, 40 hours of community service, DUI school, and mandatory counseling. Your license can also be suspended for one year.
Second DUI: You will have to serve at least 72 hours, but no more than twelve months, in jail after your second Atlanta DUI conviction. Additional penalties can include up to 36 months of probation, supervised alcohol treatment counseling, and DUI Court programs. Your license can be suspended for up to three years and you may be required to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle.
Third DUI: You will have to serve at least 15 days, but no more than 12 months, in jail after your third DUI conviction. Additional penalties can include 12-36 months of probation, 17 weeks of alcohol counseling, and declaration as a habitual violator. You will also lose your license for up to five years.
Felony DUI: You’ll face felony charges for DUI if you have four or more convictions within ten years. Felony DUI is punishable by a minimum of one year, but no more than five years, in a Georgia State prison. Additional penalties may include 240 hours of community service, probation, supervised alcohol treatment, and DUI school.
Penalties for a DUI are much more severe if you get into an accident in which someone is injured or killed. You could face charges for DUI Serious Injury by Vehicle or Vehicular Homicide. Call us today if you’re being charged with DUI with serious injury.
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