Why Do Prior Georgia DUI Convictions Matter?

Posted by Richard Lawson | Apr 07, 2019 | 0 Comments

As a Georgia DUI Lawyer, one of the first things I ask a client who has been charged with DUI in Georgia is whether or not he or she has ever been convicted of DUI before.

I ask this because Georgia Law does not favor those with prior DUI convictions. Even if the prior DUI charge was reduced to reckless driving in Georgia or dismissed, it is common for Georgia prosecutors and judges to hold that charge against an individual. If you are considered a repeat DUI offender, your case will often be expedited and evaluated for eligibility of a DUI Court treatment program.

In today's post I will briefly outline prior DUI convictions in Georgia.

First DUI Conviction in Georgia

If this is your first DUI in Georgia, you have the most options. Your Georgia DUI Attorney can investigate your case, enter into plea negotiations, argue motion hearings, or go to trial.  If this is your first DUI you are not likely to face severe additional consequences even if you go to trial.

Second DUI Conviction in Georgia

If this is your second DUI in Georgia, you are facing a more serious matter.  You are facing increased punishment and loss of your drivers license for at least a year.  You are also facing the prospect of having the stigma of being a multiple offender.  You may also be sentenced to attend a Georgia DUI Court Program.

Third DUI Conviction in Georgia

If this is your third DUI in Georgia, the stakes are very high.  If convicted you will be declared a Habitual Violator in Georgia and banned from driving for up to 5 years.  If you are caught driving you will be charged with Driving after being declared a Habitual Violator.  That charge is classified as a felony charge in Georgia with the potential punishment of 1 to 5 years in prison.

Fourth DUI Conviction in Georgia

If this is your fourth DUI in Georgia, the conviction is considered a Felony DUI in Georgia.  You will be facing up to 5 years in prison and various other consequences.

Practice Note

Many people have called my office confused, thinking that prior offenses come off their record. Unfortunately, if you have been convicted of DUI in Georgia that DUI conviction is on your record forever. This is why I stress the importance of hiring knowledgable and experienced representation. If you or a loved one has been arrested for DUI, contact a Georgia DUI Attorney today.

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