Georgia DUI Laws & Penalties
Georgia law does not state that driving with any alcohol in your system is illegal, only that the state must prove you are an impaired driver because of alcohol or that your per se blood alcohol concentration is .08 or higher (.02 if you are under the age of 21, .04 if you are a commercial driver).
The penalties associated with a DUI arrest vary by the number of previous offenses one may have on their record. See the bulleted list below for further details on possible penalties:
- 1st Offense - 24 hours to 1 year in jail, a fine between $300-$1,000, and license suspension up to 1 year
- 2nd Offense - 3 days to 1 year in jail, a fine between $600-$1,000, license suspension for 3 years, and an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) may be required
- 3rd Offense - 15 days to 1 year in jail, a fine between $1,000-$5,000, license suspension for 5 years, and an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) may be required
- 4th Offense - 1 to 5 years in jail, a fine between $1,000-$5,000, indefinite license suspension
Whether you have mandatory community service hours or face jail time and license suspension could depend on your support through the consequential legal processes. An experienced lawyer can help you build a strong defense and fight for reduced sentencing.
Know Your Rights
Most people are unsure of what to do when they’ve been pulled over. They wonder, should I submit myself to a sobriety test or refuse? In order to determine your blood alcohol concentration, the state will need either a breath test or a blood test.
You Have a Constitutional Right to Deny All Testing
Blood and breath tests are not always accurate. While there is the possibility of a one-year license suspension for refusing a blood or breath test, this suspension is not absolute. If you have refused any blood or breath alcohol tests during a DUI arrest, you will want an experienced attorney in your corner.
At the Law Offices of Harold J. Cronk, we are committed to fighting for the best possible outcomes for each of our client’s individual needs. We strive to provide a personable relationship and excellent communication because we value informing our clients and protecting their rights. When it comes to sensitive legal matters like dealing with a DUI charge, we hope that our approach combined with our resources can support you in getting your life back together.