Penalties For Driving Under The Influence In Georgia

For motorists in the state of Georgia, driving under the influence (DUI) can carry stiff penalties. It is essential to have a plan in place for a designated driver or a taxi when you drink to avoid placing yourself or others at risk. However, if arrested for a DUI, you must immediately seek experienced legal counsel to protect yourself and your license. At Palmore Boenig & Associates, PC, our Athens attorneys have 24 years of combined experience in DUI law in Georgia and are ready to help you through this challenging process.

Georgia defines DUI as operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 percent or higher. For those under the age of 21, a DUI can occur if you are driving with a BAC of .02 percent or more. In each instance, if pulled over, and your BAC measures at these levels or higher, you will be arrested. First-time DUI penalties in Georgia can often include:

  • Jail time: Anywhere from 24 hours to one year behind bars
  • Fines: Ranging from $300 to $1000, plus surcharges
  • Driver's license suspension: For a period up to one year
  • Probation: Also, for up to a one-year period
  • Community service: Typically for 40 hours

In instances where you caused a severe injury, damaged property or caused a death, your penalties will be much more severe. Time is of the essence in a DUI case, so please reach out to our team of lawyers today to set up an initial consultation.

Increased Penalties For Repeat Or Felony DUI

If arrested for a second DUI, penalties may include mandatory time behind bars as well as a significantly longer period of license suspension. A third DUI arrest over a five-year period will often be classified as a felony offense and carry a mandatory 120 days behind bars, increased monetary fines and a wide range of additional penalties.

Contact Our Firm Today To Protect Your Rights After A DUI Arrest

Regardless of the circumstances of your arrest for a DUI, you must immediately contact our firm for legal representation. Our lawyers possess extensive trial experience and an intimate knowledge of DUI law in Georgia. As an integral member of the local community, we strive to help individuals overcome legal obstacles to move forward in a positive direction. Pick up the phone and reach a member of our firm today to arrange your free initial consultation. Reach us at 706-395-8391, or contact our office through email.