First Georgia DUI

Have you been arrested for your first DUI in Georgia?

A First Georgia DUI is a serious matter.  In Georgia you can receive time in jail and license suspension for up to a year.  Even the minimum penalties for a first GA DUI can include jail-time and suspension of your Georgia drivers license or privilege to drive on the highways of this state. This applies to citizens of Georgia and for out of state drivers.  Georgia DUI Attorney Richard Lawson has more than 25 years of experience representing people on their first Georgia DUI.  He is a former prosecutor trained by the same people who are prosecuting the case against you.  He has successfully handled more than 4600 Georgia DUI cases.

30 Day Warning!!

In Georgia you have 30 days to file an appeal of the suspension of your drivers license or choose to install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle.  Be warned that failure to file for an ALS Hearing in Georgia can result in the suspension of your Georgia drivers license, or privilege to drive in Georgia,  for up to 1 year.  Many States will also honor this license suspension.

Often, when an individual is arrested for DUI it is the first offense they have ever committed. When an officer takes your driver's license and you are subject to charges, it can be scary and confusing as to what happens next.  Georgia law has statutory minimums and maximums for a first time Georgia DUI offenses.  We can help you avoid receiving harsh Georgia DUI Penalties.

A first time Georgia DUI offender can face a minimum of 24 hours in jail which is required by law.  You may face up to 12 months incarceration. However, most of the time the judge will allow a first time DUI offender to complete the sentence on probation. The costs associated with DUI offenses are significant both in time and money.

There are usually fines which may amount to over $1,000 once court costs and surcharges are considered. There may also be several hundred dollars more required for probation supervision fees. Under Georgia law, you must also complete a minimum of 40 hours of community service as well as attend DUI School.

Generally speaking, Georgia judges will also require attendance at an alcohol and drug evaluation and subsequently, any recommended treatment programs. You will also likely face a one year driver's license suspension. Depending on the details of your case, suspension time may be less, or you may potentially be eligible for a limited driving permit.

Common punishments for a first DUI in Georgia can include:

12 months of probation

Fines of $300 - $1000

1-10 days in jail

40 hours of community service

License suspension

Alcohol and Drug Counseling

Mandatory treatment

DUI School

If this is your First DUI in Georgia, Call a Georgia DUI Attorney today.  Every case has options and has hope. You can reach an attorney 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to protect your drivers license, your criminal record, and your freedom.  Your case will not defend itself.  You need the experience of an office that only handles DUI cases in Georgia.  Put our experience to work for you.  You best DUI defense begins here!

For more information on the Penalties for a DUI in Georgia, visit the remainder of this website. 

Our Attorneys

  • Richard Lawson

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    I initially contacted Mr. Lawson's firm about a terrible situation I was in. I was charged with DUI (Driving Under the Influence), DUI Child Endangerment and Failure to Maintain Lane. This would have been my 5th life time DUI but with the Child Endangerment DUI this would have been my 5th and 6th... Read On

  • Outstanding Attorney

    Mr. Lawson was definitely an extraordinary attorney. He was very informative and professional. All calls/emails were answered immediately or within the hour. The DUI charge was reduced to reckless driving. Thank you, Mr. Lawson for making a difficult situation a lot less traumatic. Read On

  • Kimberly Berry is a hard working, honest, future saving, SUPERIOR Attorney!

    Our teenager went off to College (August 2012) with a "You don't have to worry about me, I will not get into trouble, I know what I'm doing" attitude. Two MIP's within the first three months and a citation four months later, proved that attitude wrong. After we had a "come to Jesus" discussion wi... Read On

Recent Case Results

  • This case was in Helen Municipal Court.  The client was charged with a DUI and four counts of DUI Child Endangerment.  In Georgia, for every child under the age of 14 in a vehicle it is considered a separate DUI offense.  The client would have been declared an habitual violator from one arrest an... Read On

  • Client was charged with a suspended license because he did not reinstate his privilege to drive after the expiration of his restricted license.  Per my advice, the client properly reinstated his license the day after he was charged.  Case Dismissed in Cobb County State Court.  Read On

  • Client was a resident of New York who was arrested while he was visiting Georgia for pleasure. He was charged with DUI, Reckless Driving, and Speeding 37 MPH over the speed limit. We were able to get the client an unbelievable outcome in Hampton, Georgia. His DUI dismissed, his speeding ticket wa... Read On

Choosing the Best DUI Lawyer


When you are arrested for DUI in Georgia, finding the right Lawyer is Job #1. At the Law Offices of Richard S. Lawson we will investigate your case and find the best possible legal defense to your DUI in Georgia. You are in good hands with Richard Lawson and his associates. We will work tirelessly to help you while compassionately holding your hand throughout the entire DUI Defense Process.

Georgia DUI Defense Attorneys

At the Law Office of Richard S. Lawson, we have offices conveniently located throughout metro Atlanta and throughout Georgia. If we do not have a convenient office, we will come to you. We practice throughout Metro Atlanta and North Georgia. If your case is in an area we do not serve, we will find you an attorney in your area free of charge. Our office is part of a State-wide network of Georgia DUI Lawyers. Contact us 24/7 for immediate legal help. Our attorneys are standing by. Your DUI Case will not defend itself. Your Best Georgia DUI Defense Begins Here!