Third Georgia DUI

Have You Been Arrested for a Third or Repeat DUI in Georgia?

A Third DUI in Georgia or a repeat DUI in Georgia can be a life-changing event.  The consequences are severe.  They can include loss of license for up to 5 years.  They can include significant jail time.  Georgia DUI Attorney Richard Lawson is trained to defend those charged with multiple DUI offenses.  An arrest does not mean you are guilty.  Many attorneys have no idea that there are defenses to a DUI arrest in Georgia.  An arrest does not mean you are guilty  Georgia DUI Attorney Richard Lawson has been defending DUI cases in Georgia for more than 25 years.  He is a former DUI Prosecutor, trained by the same people prosecuting the case against you.  He can help you avoid the severe Georgia DUI Penalties associated with a 3rd DUI arrest. 

30 Day Warning!!

If you are arrested for a 3rd DUI in Georgia, you only have 30 days to file for your ALS Hearing.  This appeal will be filed by your Georgia DUI Attorney.  If this request is not filed, your drivers license can be suspended for 30 days or as much as a year.  If you have had a prior administrative license suspension, the suspension will be a year in length.  If you are charged with refusing to take the State's test, your suspension can also be for a year.  Act now to save your right to drive.  Your Georgia DUI Lawyer will file the appeal necessary to keep you driving.

If you are dealing with an arrest for a third or repeat DUI offense in Georgia? If so (or if you have multiple prior DUI convictions) you may expect to be jailed for a minimum of 15 days and often, much longer. You may also be fined over $5,000 plus surcharges, and will likely be subject to a lengthy probation sentence and driver's license suspension of up to five years.

Reinstating your driver's license after two years may be possible upon completion of DUI School, installation of an ignition interlock system, etc. You will be subject to a minimum of 240 hours of community service and must submit to a clinical evaluation for alcohol and drug dependency. This assessment most likely will leave you facing completion of an alcohol or drug treatment program. Any DUI charge is taken seriously in Georgia, but if you have multiple DUI convictions, it is vital that you contact a Georgia DUI lawyer immediately following your arrest to ensure that you are protected.

With multiple offenses, you may also face being treated as a habitual violator that is traditionally charged with felonies. A third DUI is typically considered a misdemeanor; but may be regarded as being a high and aggravated misdemeanor. This impacts penalties such as reducing your ability to qualify for good time (2 for 1 credit) during your stay in jail. Lengthy sentences are especially challenging without the hope of good time.

In addition to punishment, you will declared a DUI Habitual Violator.  Being HV in Georgia means that your license will be suspended for 5 years.  After 2 years, you may qualify for a limited permit with the installation of an ignition interlock device.  While being a Habitual Violator in Georgia, if you are found driving, you will be charged with the felony offense of driving while be declared an habitual violator. You can be jailed for up to 5 years and have further license suspension as well.  You must be very careful not to drive while being HV.  A felony will change your life.

Typical punishments for a 3rd DUI in Georgia can include:

12 - 36 months of probation (depending on whether there are other associated offenses)

120 days to 12 months in jail ( a minimum of 15 days must be served; however few people only get 15 days)

Fine of $1000 - $5000

240 hours of community service (30 full, 8 hour days)

5 years of license suspension ( limited permit can be available after 2 years with lgnition Interlock)

Surrender of License Plate

17 weeks of Alcohol and drug counseling

Mandatory Treatment DUI Court Programs -Court Supervised Intensive Alcohol and Drug Treatment

If this is your third DUI in Georgia, call a Georgia DUI Lawyer today.

Publication of Photo in the local newspaper at your expense

Being Declared a Habitual Violator - HV Status.

Status of High and Aggravated Misdemeanor with fines up to $5000 and no good time credit ( 2 for 1 ) for any jail-time given as a result of a conviction.  That means you would be forced to serve every day of your sentence.


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    Richard was not the first lawyer I spoke with after my DUI charge, but he was the last when searching for representation. This was my very first time encountering any sort of legal dispute so I had no idea what I was doing and I was very scared. Richard was very friendly, down to earth and consol... Read On

  • Miracle Worker!

    Not only did Richard Lawson and his very capable associate get my DUI reduced to reckless driving with parole, but he did something that I didn't think was possible. I was stopped for a moving violation recently. The police arrested me because they showed my driver's license had been suspended. H... Read On

  • Ideal attorney for anyone

    Mr. Lawson is outstanding. He was professional, attentive to any requests, and got the outcome I wanted but thought was unachievable. I had been arrested for a DUI. The case was very difficult, intricate, and was seemingly without hope, but Mr. Lawson was able to get the charges drastically reduc... 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

The Penalties in Georgia for a DUI can be harsh. We can help!

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!