In the State of Georgia, the potential penalty a person faces if convicted on a first offense DUI charge in Georgia are severe and can follow a person around for the rest of their lives. It is extremely important that if you are facing a first offense DUI charge in Georgia that you speak with one of our skilled Georgia DUI lawyers immediately about your case.
A person arrested on a first offense DUI charge in Georgia will be facing two separate charges. The first charge is the crime of driving under the influence (DUI) which will be handled through the Georgia criminal court system. The second charge is the administrative ‘per se’ violation which will be handled by the Georgia Department of Driver Services
Cost’s and Fines
A first offense DUI in Georgia will result in a fine amount of between $300 up to $1,000 plus a mandatory surcharge anywhere from 15% of the fine amount up to 25% of the fine amount plus applicable court costs.
Potential Jail Time
A first offense DUI in Georgia will result in a jail sentence between 10 days and 1-year. The court may suspended, stay, or probate all but the first 24 hours of the sentence.
Drivers License Suspension
A first offense DUI in Georgia will result in a 1-year driver’s license suspension period. There is the possibility of receiving a limited license immediately. A driver’s license can be fully reinstated following the first 120 days of the suspension period if the person has completed the mandatory DUI schooling. once your suspension is over you will be required to maintain an SR22 insurance filing with the DMV before they will reinstate your license.
The minimum community service time for a first offense DUI in Georgia is 40 hours for anyone over the age of 21. Anyone under the age of 21 will serve a minimum of 20 hours community service.
Refusal of Chemical Test
A first offense Georgia DUI refusal will result in a 1-year suspension of the person’s driver’s license and you will not be eligible to receive a limited driving permit during the 1-year suspension period.
Georgia Drivers License Hearing
In the state of Georgia when a person is arrested on a first offense DUI charge and refuses to submit to a chemical test at the police station that person’s driver’s license will automatically be suspended for 1-year.
Important: A person arrested on a first offense DUI charge in Georgia who refused to submit to a chemical test only has 10 business days in which to request an administrative license hearing with the Georgia Department of Driver Services.
If you hope to avoid the 1-year license suspension it is extremely important that you contact our Georgia DUI lawyers today to schedule your administrative hearing.
At the administrative license hearing the administrative hearing officer who has been assigned to hear your case will look at the evidence against you from the arresting officer including: BAC level at the time, field sobriety test results (if you submitted to them), and whether or not you submitted to a chemical test or refuse the chemical test.
The hearing officer will also hear testimony against you from the arresting officer and hear testimony in your favor from your lawyer, yourself, and any witnesses your lawyer has subpoenaed to appear at the hearing.
If you or someone you know has been arrested on a Georgia DUI, call us immediately so we can help.