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Georgia DUI Penalties


In the state of Georgia, DUI cases are not taken lightly. With the growing number of DUI-related accidents and deaths, law officials are pressured by the state to seek the maximum allowed punishment for all who are charged with a DUI. If you have been arrested or charged with a DUI, it is important to understand the penalties associated with it and ensure you seek accurate representation.

DUI First Offense
This is your first DUI offense on record; therefore, the penalties and charges will be less severe, but are not favorable. Penalties will include, but are not limited to:

  • $300 to $1,000 fine
  • 24 hours jail time
  • 40 hours community service
  • Alcohol reduction class
  • 12-months' probation
  • Increased insurance charges
  • Suspended license until completion of DUI courses

DUI Second Offense
The more offenses you have for a DUI in the Georgia, the more severe the punishment will be. A DUI second offense carries penalties that include, but are not limited to:

  • $600 to $1,000+ fine
  • 90 days to 12 months in jail
  • Suspended license
  • 240 hours community service
  • Statutory charges of 15 to 25%
  • Interlock device installed in the vehicle for up to six months
  • DUI classes

DUI Third Offense
By the third offense, the courts are going to seek the maximum punishment allowed under the law to prevent a DUI from occurring again, especially if your third offense occurred within five years of the first and second. DUI third offenses carry penalties that include, but are not limited to:

  • 24 months of suspended license
  • 30 days to 12 months in jail
  • 240 hours of community service
  • 17 hours of alcohol rehabilitation and treatment
  • 12 months' probation
  • Have your information published in the newspaper
  • Surrender all vehicle tags in your name

The DUI Case Process
A DUI case takes multiple steps to unfold and lead to a conviction. Understanding this process can help you understand what goes into creating penalties and sentences for DUI cases.

  • Initial Arrest
  • Booking and Bail Hearings
  • Arraignment
  • Plea Bargaining
  • Preliminary Hearings
  • Pre-Trial Motions
  • Trial
  • Sentencing
  • Appeals
  • Expungement

As you can see, these are multiple processes that require a professional who understands how each process works and who can ensure your rights are protected throughout each of them. Contact The Law Offices of Kimberly Berry today. We can ensure your rights are protected from the initial arrest all the way through to sentencing and when the time comes, we can help you expunge your record and get back on your feet.

A DUI charge can be a life-changing event, but it doesn't have to be. Get help from a professional who can ensure that your DUI case is handled ethically by the courts and that you are not subject to the maximum penalty for your DUI offense.