First Offense DUI in Georgia

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If you're convicted of a first-time DUI in Georgia, you should expect to spend 24 hours in jail (or 48 hours in some counties). In addition, expect a one-year license suspension. If you're over 21, you may be able to get your license back at the end of 120 days if you have completed an alcohol/drug risk reduction course and paid the appropriate reinstatement fee

Administrative Penalties

  • First offense DUI in Georgia results in administrative license suspension of one year but you may be able to get your license reinstated after three months (unless the arrest included drugs, in which case reinstatement will not occur for six months).
  • Refusals to submit under implied consent laws in Georgia results in one year license suspension, if applicable
  • License reinstatement for first offense, unless otherwise ordered by courts, does not require ignition interlock device, but will require serving out sentence and payment of reinstatement fines and fees

Criminal Penalties

  • First offense penalties in Georgia DUI cases include mandatory minimum period of incarceration for one (1) day with potential of incarceration for period up to one (1) year
  • Fines in first offense convictions range from minimum of $300 to not more than $1,000, but fine amount does not include court costs, surcharges, expenses incurred during completion of terms of sentence, or reinstatement costs
  • Mandatory alcohol/substance abuse/driver education programs possible, as well as community service mandates
  • Convictions of first offense will influence sentencing and charges in subsequent second offense for a period of ten (10) years

Getting Legal Help

The state of Georgia prohibits reduction of DUI charges into lesser criminal convictions as a plea option, however, within a given case, numerous avenues for negotiating a favorable plea deal still do exist. Likewise, defendants should actively seek out dismissal of charges altogether. In either case, you may need the assistance of an attorney.

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