What Happens If I Get Charged with a Second Georgia DUI in 5 Years?

Posted by Richard Lawson | Jun 28, 2018 | 0 Comments

Being charged and convicted of a Second DUI in Georgia within a five-year period of time is a very severe problem. Georgia DUI Penalties are some of the harshest in the country, and the state of Georgia does not take repeat offenders lightly. The reality is that you may be facing serious jail-time and suspension of your driver's license without the option of a limited permit to drive.  Moreover, you may even be forced into a Georgia DUI Court. Georgia DUI Court is a mandatory treatment program supervised by the court.

As I mention in every post concerning the consequences of a DUI in Georgia – you need to act quickly to protect your rights and your very freedom by contacting a Georgia DUI Lawyer.

Even though second DUI charges in Georgia are still treated as misdemeanor offenses, there are more severe penalties if you are found guilty of the offense.

There is a required minimum penalty of three days of jail time per Georgia law. But that's just the minimum, and judges may give you significantly more jail time upon conviction. Jail time varies based on jurisdiction but being required to serve anywhere from 10 to 90 days for a second DUI in a short amount time is actually pretty common.

As a Georgia DUI Attorney, I am very familiar with the common penalties one faces if convicted of a second DUI within five years. I've highlighted a few of them above me, but I'll go ahead and list out the most common punishments now.

Common Second DUI punishments can include:

  • 12 - 36 months of probation
  • Fines of $600 - $1000 
  • 90 days to 12 months in jail
  • 240 hours of community service (30 full, 8 hour days)
  • License suspension for at least 1 year
  • Ignition Interlock
  • Surrender of License Plate
  • 17 weeks of Alcohol and drug counseling
  • Mandatory Treatment
  • DUI Court Programs

Practice Note

If you are facing your second Georgia DUI, your third Georgia DUI, or your fourth Georgia DUI, you need representation now. Georgia DUI Laws are complicated and not for the general practitioner. Our firm only focuses on Georgia DUI Defense.

You are facing serious life-altering consequences if convicted of a subsequent DUI in Georgia. Our state is one of the harshest on both DUI. We even have laws about being a multiple offender of DUI, known as the Georgia Habitual Violator. Just because you have been accused and arrested does not mean you are automatically doomed to a conviction and DUI penalties. Our attorneys know how to properly and successfully defend DUI cases and are here to help you. There are plenty of DUI Defenses in Georgia that could potentially work for your particular case. Contact us today.

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