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Penalties for DUI Convictions in Georgia

Understanding the DUI Penalties in Georgia

Over the past few years, DUI penalties in the state of Georgia have increased in severity. Drivers who are facing multiple DUI charges or who have caused an accident resulting in serious injury or death, can expect to be sentenced to fines, jail time and depending on the circumstances, felony DUI charges. The specific court-enforced penalties which may be imposed if you are convicted of a DUI in the state of Georgia are:

  • A first DUI conviction is classified as a misdemeanor and includes a $300-$1000 fine, jail time of 10 days to 12 months (with no less than 24 hours in jail), 40 hours of community service, completion of the Risk Reduction Program, probation for up to 12 months and a 1-year license suspension.
  • A second DUI conviction, within 5 years of the first conviction is considered a misdemeanor and includes a $600-$1000 fine, 90 days up to 12 months in jail, a minimum of 30 days community service, completion of the Risk Reduction Program, a clinical evaluation to determine if an alcohol or drug treatment program is needed, 12 months' probation and a 3-year suspension of your driver's license.
  • A third DUI conviction is also a misdemeanor but carries more severe penalties including a $1000-$5000 fine, 4-12 months in jail, a minimum of 30 days community service, completion of the Risk Reduction Program, completion of an alcohol or drug treatment program, 12 months' probation and a 5-year suspension of your driver's license.
  • A fourth DUI conviction within a 10-year period is an automatic felony offense as per Georgia House Bill 336. Penalties for a felony DUI include a $1000-$5000 fine, 12 months to 5 years in jail, a minimum of 60 days community service and completion of an alcohol or drug treatment program.

If you or a loved one has been arrested for or charged with a DUI, you need to contact a Savannah DUI attorney at the firm right away. The attorneys at the firm understand the situation you are in and they know how much a DUI arrest can impact your life and livelihood, not to mention that of your family. That is why the firm takes the time to thoroughly evaluate and analyze your situation, and work diligently to prepare your criminal defense case. Whether that includes presenting additional evidence, challenging sobriety and breathalyzer test results, seeking to suppress key evidence, or challenging any other part of the DUI process, the attorneys at the firm are aggressive in pursuing all legal options to provide you with the highest quality representation.

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The Schneider Law Firm specializes in defending clients in both state and federal criminal defense cases. Each of the attorneys at the firm is a hardworking legal professional, knowledgeable and experienced in all aspects of criminal and DUI defense. Cris Schneider, the founder of the firm, has been practicing law for over 15 years. He is also a former prosecutor for the Atlanta Judicial Circuit District Attorney's office. Due to his passion for helping people and their families, Mr. Schneider left the DA's office in order to open the firm. He has since built the firm up to the point where it has become the top choice for clients seeking aggressive, yet professional criminal defense representation.

Contact a Savannah DUI lawyer at the firm if you want an attorney who will fight to protect your legal and constitutional rights.

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