Facing any Georgia judge, prosecutor, and arresting officer by yourself can be pretty daunting―especially for charges as serious as driving under the influence. The State of Georgia takes a DUI very seriously.
Consider hiring a Georgia DUI attorney, who can help you navigate the legal system and get the best deal possible given your offense.
As you compare DUI lawyers, keep in mind:
Lawyers based in Georgia are more familiar with the state-specific laws, including the state’s DUI laws.
You should look for attorneys who specialize in DUI cases.
Use open communication with your lawyer and find out about all possible plea deals and outcomes.
Stay away from attorneys who say beating your DUI charge will be a piece of cake. Likewise, seek a second option if the attorney says there’s nothing to do but plead guilty and hope for the best. Be realistic: You’ve tested above the legal limit, so try to find a middle ground.
Successful people ask better questions.
Every DUI conviction brings a suspended license. However, some drivers are eligible for limited driving through a limited driving permit. This allows you to travel to and from:
- Your place of employment, or to perform employment-related tasks.
- Scheduled doctor appointments and to fill prescriptions.
- College or other school courses.
- RRP meetings or other drug and alcohol support groups, assessment courses, and treatment programs.
You won’t formally apply for a limited driving permit; your judge will determine whether you’re eligible based on factors like your age, offense number, and how long your license must be suspended (see your penalties above).
If your judge grants you a limited driving permit, expect to pay:
- Limited permit: $25
- Limited permit renewal: $5
- Limited permit replacement: $20
- Controlled substance permit: $25
- Habitual Violator probationary license (HVPL): $210
- HVPL replacement: $20
Understand that if you violate any of the conditions of your limited permit, the judge will revoke it and tack 6 months onto your original suspension period.
The state of Georgia can convict a person of DUI in two ways:
1) By showing that you, the driver, had a 0.08 grams or more blood alcohol concentration within three hours, during or after, driving or otherwise being in control of a vehicle (per se)
2) By proving that you, the driver, had alcohol and/or other intoxicants that caused dangerous driving
For a first conviction in the state of Georgia:
• Up to $1,000.00 fine; 10 Days to 1 Year in Jail; DUI School; 40 Hours of Community Service; 1 Year Probation; 1 Year License Suspension
For a second conviction:
• Up to $1,000.00 Fine; 90 Days to 1 Year in Jail; DUI School; 30 Days of Community Service; Mandatory Alcohol Evaluation and/or Treatment; Up to 1 Year Probation; 3 Year Loss of License; Ignition Interlock Device
For a third conviction:
• Fine up To $5,000.00; 120 Days to a Year in Jail; 30 Days Community Service; Alcohol Evaluation and/or Treatment; Up to 1 Year Probation; 5 Year License Revocation; Ignition Interlock Device
For a fourth conviction:
• Fine of $5,000.00; One to Five Years in State Prison
While these are some of the most common penalties for a DUI in the state of Georgia, this is not all the penalties you could face. Loss of job, heavy fines and even jail-time could be thrown your way, too.