What are the penalties for a DUI in Georgia?
|1st Offense||2nd Offense||3rd Offense||4th Offense|
|Jail||24 hours to 1 year||3 days to 1 year||15 days to 1 year||1 to 5 years|
|Fines and Penalties||$300 to $1,000||$600 to $1,000||$1,000 to $5,000||$1,000 to $5,000|
|License Suspension||Up to 1 year||3 years||5 years||Indefinitely|
|IID** Required||No||Yes – if court
There are some startling facts that you may be unaware of about being charged with driving under the influence (DUI) in Georgia. The biggest shock for many people is discovering that a one-year license suspension is automatically headed their way – even if they’ve never been to court or pronounced guilty. You read that correctly; you could actually lose your license to drive without ever seeing a judge or jury.
The Georgia DUI Laws Explained
It is a criminal offense in Georgia to operate a car, truck, motorcycle, or pilot a watercraft when a motorist’s ability is impaired by the use of alcohol or drugs, or if a driver’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is above regulated allowances. Drugs that may compromise driving abilities include street drugs, prescription medications, and even over-the-counter medication.
While .08% BAC is the statutory limit at which you may be charged with DUI, you could also be convicted at just .05% if the prosecution can firmly establish beyond a reasonable doubt that you were a less safe driver due to the consumption of alcohol. The legal BAC limit for commercial license holders and underage drivers is even lower. A commercial driver could be convicted at .04% and a driver under the age of 21 could be convicted with a BAC of just .02%
Know your rights. If you’ve been arrested for a DUI in Georgia, the Howard Law Group can certainly help you.