Georgia DUI/DWI Laws

Learn about the penalties for a DUI conviction in Georgia

The first DUI conviction in Georgia you will receive a possible jail sentence of one year. The fine that you receive will be from $300 minimum to $1,000. Your drivers license will be suspended for up to one year and you will also receive 40 hours of mandatory community service. To have your drivers license reinstated you will need to pay a $210 reinstatement fee. Drivers that are under 21 must delay obtaining their graduated drivers license for 12 months.

1st Georgia DUI Offense

1st Georgia DUI Offense Jail – From 24 hours to 1 Year  Fine  From $300 - $1,000  License Suspension Up to 1 Year  Community Service 40 Hours Minimum

2nd Georgia DUI Offense

2nd Georgia DUI Offense Jail – From 3 Days to 1 Year Fine – From $600 to $1,000 License Suspension – 3 Years  Community Service – 30 Days Minimum   License Reinstatement - $210

3rd Georgia DUI Offense

3rd Georgia DUI Offense Jail – From 15 Days to 12 Months  Fine – From $1,000 to $5,000   License Suspension 5 Years   Photo Op. – Local Newspaper Coverage of You

The Georgia DUI Laws Explained

It is a criminal offense in Georgia to operate a car, truck, motorcycle, or pilot a watercraft when a motorist’s ability is impaired by the use of alcohol or drugs, or if a driver’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is above regulated allowances. Drugs that may compromise driving abilities include street drugs, prescription medications, and even over-the-counter medication.

While .08% BAC is the statutory limit at which you may be charged with DUI, you could also be convicted at just .05% if the prosecution can firmly establish beyond a reasonable doubt that you were a less safe driver due to the consumption of alcohol. The legal BAC limit for commercial license holders and underage drivers is even lower. A commercial driver could be convicted at .04% and a driver under the age of 21 could be convicted with a BAC of just .02%.

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