Even for a first offense, a driving under the influence (DUI) charge in Georgia can lead to strict penalties. You’ll have to pay a fine, serve up to a year in prison and even render community service. That’s not even counting a potential license suspension.
But you could face added penalties if you violate Georgia’s aggressive driving laws on top of DUI offenses.
What is aggressive driving?
According to the state, a driver commits an aggressive driving offense if they use a motor vehicle to harass, injure or intimidate another person. This broad definition can describe a variety of reckless driving behavior, such as blocking another car from merging with your lane, aggressive “brake checks” or playing “chicken” with another driver in the opposite lane.
Penalties for aggressive driving
Drivers convicted of aggressive driving will face a misdemeanor of a high and aggravated nature in addition to any other convictions they face for their DUI. They will also have to complete a DUI drug or alcohol risk reduction program and a clinical evaluation, regardless of the driver’s prior number or history of DUI offenses.
In addition, drivers convicted of aggressive driving will have six points assessed on their license. A driver who collects 15 points within 24 months will have their driving privileges suspended.
Facing a DUI charge is intimidating enough for most, but an added aggressive driving charge can further complicate your case. If it hasn’t been already, your license takes one step closer to suspension. And your criminal record will list two convictions. If this happens to you, consider consulting with a legal professional to determine if your charges or penalties can be reduced.