Georgia law prohibits anyone from operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If an officer believes that you are driving while impaired, you may be taken into custody. In the event that you are convicted of DUI, you could be subject to a variety of penalties including a fine, jail time and a license suspension.
The penalties for a first DUI offense
A first-time offender may be required to pay a fine of up to $1,000, spend up to a year in jail and complete 40 hours of community service. Furthermore, a judge might order you to take part in a clinical treatment program if you were convicted of a drug DUI. Your DUI defense attorney may provide more insight into what such a program consists of.
The penalties for a second DUI offense
If you are convicted of driving while impaired twice within the span of 10 years, you will spend at least 90 days in jail. Furthermore, you will be required to commit to 30 days of community service, complete a clinical evaluation and take part in a DUI risk reduction program.
A third or fourth DUI within 10 years comes with significant sanctions
You will spend at least 120 days in jail if you’re convicted of a third DUI offense within a period of 10 years. Furthermore, you will pay a fine of up to $5,000. In the event that you’re convicted of a fourth offense within 10 years, it may be possible to spend up to five years in state prison. In addition, you’ll need to complete at least 60 days of community service.
If you are charged with DUI, it may be in your best interest to contact an attorney. He or she may be able to help you avoid spending time in jail, paying a fine or having your license suspended. This might be done by having evidence suppressed, casting doubt on chemical test results or contesting other information used as a basis to take you into custody.