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What Happens If You Are Convicted of DUI in Georgia?

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A DUI conviction in Georgia carries severe consequences.  DUI is considered a criminal offense and will therefore go on your criminal record.  That means every time you fill out a job application or apply for some type of license, you will need to disclose that you do in fact have a criminal past. 

The minimum sentences for DUI in Georgia are severe.  Even a first time DUI offense can land in you in jail for 10 days, but your jail sentence could be as long as 12 months.  If you are over the age of 21 and found guilty of drunk driving in Georgia, your first offense will result in a one year license suspension and a fine of up to $1,000.  In some jurisdictions, you will be required to attend a Victim Impact Panel.

If you are found guilty of a second DUI offense within 5 years, you may be given a jail sentence anywhere from 90 days to 1 year.  Your license may be suspended for 3 years and you may have to pay a $1,000 fine.  You will have to complete at least 30 days of community service and the local paper will print your photo with case disposition (and you have to pay $25 for it).

The more DUI convictions you have in Georgia, the worse your penalties become.  A third DUI offense in 5 years will result in a jail sentence of 120 days to 12 months.  Your license may be suspended for 5 years and you could face a fine up to $5,000.

If you are facing a DUI charge in Georgia, you need to contact an experienced DUI attorney immediately.


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