One of the most commonly asked questions at our office relates to how many points are associated with a DUI conviction. The short answer is zero.
Driving under the influence is a misdemeanor traffic offense. Unlike reckless driving, speeding, or other moving violations, DUI does not carry driver's license points. That being said, a DUI still can have detrimental effects on your record. Your DUI still is reported on your motor vehicle record and your Georgia Criminal History.
If a Reckless Driving Charge Carries Four Points and a DUI Does Not Carry Any Points, Why Would Anyone Want a Reduction to Reckless Driving?
A person that pleads guilty or is found guilty of reckless driving will have 4 points accessed to their license. Reckless driving is considered a less serious charge than driving under the influence. If you are over the age of 21, a reduction to reckless driving will save your driver's license from being suspended, unless the 4 points added to your MVR causes your record to have 15 or more points. Note, in Georgia drivers over the age of 21 cannot accumulate 15 points without a license suspension.
For drivers over the age of 21, a DUI Conviction in Georgia has immediate license consequences. A plea to DUI will suspend your driver's license for a minimum period of 120 days. You will be able to have a restricted driver's license after a DUI conviction, but this permit is only valid within the state of Georgia and only for limited purposes such as for driving to work, to school, and for medical purposes.
For many people, a reduction to reckless driving helps reduce the stigma of a DUI arrest and helps to reduce the collateral consequences such as increased insurance premiums. For others, it can mean the difference between getting and or keeping a job and losing one.
Always consult a Georgia DUI Attorney if you have been arrested for a DUI. Our office has helped thousands of people get the best possible outcome. We have saved the jobs and driver's licenses for our clients for many years. Act now before it is too late.