Georgia DUI Penalties
The Consequences of a DUI Conviction in Savannah
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.
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Possible Penalties for DUI
At The Schneider Law Firm, we are well-versed in Georgia’s DUI laws and can help you understand the potential consequences you could face if convicted.
The specific court-enforced penalties that may be imposed if you are convicted of a DUI in the state of Georgia are as follows:
- A first DUI conviction is classified as a misdemeanor and includes a $300-$1,000 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-$1,000 fine, between 90 days and 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 license suspension.
- A third DUI conviction is also a misdemeanor but carries more severe penalties including a $1,000-$5,000 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 10 years is an automatic felony offense as per Georgia House Bill 336. Penalties for a felony DUI include a $1,000-$5,000 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 our firm right away. Our attorneys understand the situation you are in and they know how much a DUI arrest can impact your life and livelihood. That is why we take the time to thoroughly evaluate and analyze your situation and work diligently to prepare your defense. Whether that includes presenting additional evidence, challenging sobriety and breathalyzer test results, suppressing key evidence, or challenging any other part of the DUI process, we are aggressive in pursuing all legal options to provide you with high-quality representation.
To learn more about DUI penalties in Georgia, call The Schneider Law Firm at (912) 385-0854.