Georgia DUI Arrest and Conviction Penalties

Posted by Richard Lawson | Jul 31, 2018 | 0 Comments

Georgia DUI Penalties are very harsh. There are penalties that come along with merely being arrested for DUI as well as being convicted of DUI. In fact, Georgia has some of the harshest laws when it comes to driving under the influence. A conviction can result in many life-altering and time-consuming consequences. In today's post, I will outline some of the penalties that people face when convicted of DUI in Georgia.

As a Georgia DUI Lawyer, I know just how life changing these penalties can be. This is why hiring representation that specializes in Georgia DUI Defense and is well experienced.

Georgia DUI Arrest Penalties

The consequences of a Georgia DUI arrest and conviction are both short term and long term. The most immediate consequence of being arrested for a Georgia DUI is the automatic suspension of your driver's license. The arresting police officer usually confiscates your driver's license and provides you with a temporary permit to drive for 45 days. 

However, your Georgia driver's license is subject to an Georgia Administrative License Suspension (ALS). You only have 30 days to file an appeal if you wish to argue your case at an administrative hearing. This is different than the criminal hearing for the DUI charge.

1st DUI Conviction Penalties

The penalties for a first DUI in Georgia can include: 

  • 12 month probation
  • $300 minimum fine plus court costs and surcharges
  • Between 1 - 10 days of jail time
  • At least 40 hours of community service
  • Substance abuse counseling
  • Attendance of the DUI Risk Reduction School (commonly referred to as DUI School)
  • Attendance of a Madd Mothers Victim Impact Panel
  • Drivers License Suspension, with a limited permit to drive 

A DUI conviction remains on your criminal record and can be used against you for up to ten years if you are convicted of a subsequent DUI. Furthermore, a second Georgia DUI within ten years means even harsher penalties and consequences. 

Practice Note

There is no such thing as a Georgia DUI Expungement. Unfortunately there is absolutely no way to expunge a DUI from your record.

Being arrested for driving under the influence means spending both time and money. But if you are arrested for a DUI, hiring an experienced Georgia DUI Attorney is a worthwhile and life-changing investment. We will do our very best to minimize the above-mentioned consequences of a DUI.

If you or a loved one has been arrested for DUI in Georgia, contact us today.

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