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What are the penalties for DUI in Georgia?

| Mar 9, 2020 | Firm News |

Driving under the influence in Georgia can result in fines, license suspension and other penalties. The state defines DUI as operating a motor vehicle while obviously impaired or with a measured blood alcohol content of 0.08% and above. 

Before facing a DUI court date in Georgia, learn more about the potential consequences of a conviction. 

First DUI conviction 

Drivers who do not have prior DUI convictions are subject to the following: 

  • One-year license suspension with $210 reinstatement fee 
  • Fines of $300 to $1,000 
  • Up to a year in jail 
  • At least 40 mandatory community service hours 

Second DUI conviction 

If you receive a DUI charge after an initial conviction within the past five years, penalties increase as follows: 

  • Three-year license suspension with $210 reinstatement fee 
  • Fines of $600 to $1,000 
  • A minimum of 48 hours and up to one year in jail 
  • At least 30 days of mandatory community service 
  • Mandatory substance abuse evaluation and treatment at your own expense if necessary 

Third DUI conviction 

A third DUI within five years of the first two offenses carries the same penalties as for a second DUI, as well as the following: 

  • Five-year license suspension with $120 reinstatement fee 
  • $1,000 to $5,000 in fines 
  • Mandatory minimum of 15 days and up to one year in jail 
  • Seizure of your vehicle’s license plate 
  • Name and photo printed as a habitual DUI offender in the local newspaper at your own expense 

Because Georgia has an implied consent law, you can receive additional penalties if you refuse to take a breath test or field sobriety test. Having an open container in the vehicle results in an additional $200 fine. Drivers younger than 21 are subject to charges with a BAC of 0.02% or higher, and the threshold is 0.04% for drivers who have a commercial license. In addition to the penalties described above, all drivers convicted of DUI will receive 12 months of probation.