Georgia is a state that takes a hard line against DUI offenses. The penalties that can apply to this type of crime grow stronger with each new offense.
The penalties for a first time DUI offense include jail time of up to one year. There may be a fine imposed that consists of a minimum of $300 to a maximum of $1,000. Your license can be suspended for a period of up to one year.
You will be expected to perform a mandatory minimum of 40 hours of community service. You will also pay a license reinstatement fee of $210.
Second Offense Within Five Years
A DUI Conviction for a second DUI offense within 5 years of committing your first will carry higher penalties. These can include a mandatory minimum of 48 hours in jail. This can be extended to 90 days. Your license can be suspended for a period of up to three years.
You will serve a minimum 30 days in a community service program. There is also a $210 license reinstatement fee. You will also receive a mandatory clinical evaluation. If the court sees fit, you may be required to complete a substance abuse treatment program. You will cover all expenses at your own expense.
Third Offense Within Five Years
The penalties for committing a third offense within five years of your second offense will be higher. You will spend a mandatory minimum of 15 days in jail. There will be a minimum fine of $1,000 that can range up to a maximum of $5,000. Your license will be revoked for five years.
You will perform a minimum 30 days of community service. Your name, photo, and address will be published in a local newspaper at your own expense. This notice will list you as a habitual violator. Your license plate will be seized by the court and sent to the Motor Vehicle Safety.
You can expect to undergo a mandatory clinical evaluation. If the court deems it necessary, you will complete a substance abuse treatment program at your own expense.