What Are the Georgia DUI Penalties? - The Atlanta DUI News Blog

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What Are the Georgia DUI Penalties?

Those readers familiar with this blog will by now be aware that Georgia enforces a "per se" blood alcohol content limit of .08 for adults and a zero tolerance limit of .02 for under-age drivers. Most people are aware of these limits and observe them.

But some people break the law. And for such people the following question arises: under the State of Georgia DUI laws what are the various DUI penalties on the books?

Well, a little look at the laws is in order.

Georgia's law related to first, second, and subsequent DUI convictions is Georgia Code 40-6-391. This section sets out the various Georgia DUI penalties.

They are as follows:

1st DUI Conviction:

A person convicted for drunk driving for the first time may: owe a fine between $300 - $1000; be imprisoned for between ten days and twelve months; owe 40+ hours of community service; have to complete a DUI risk reduction program approved by the Department of Driver Services; and face probation up to 12 months.

2nd DUI Conviction:

For a second conviction within five years of an earlier DUI conviction a person may face: a fine between $600 - $1000; imprisonment of not less than 90 days nor more than 12 months; not less than 30 days of community service; a DUI risk reduction program; undergo a clinical evaluation; probation up to 12 months.

Third or Subsequent DUI Conviction:

For a third conviction within five years of an earlier DUI conviction a person may face: a fine between $1000 - $5000; mandatory imprisonment of not less than 120 days nor more than a year; no less than 30 days of community service; completion of a risk reduction program; undergo a clinical evaluation; probation up to 12 months.

Just a quick reading of the DUI penalties in Georgia shows that a DUI is no joke. And those facing legal action would be well advised to contact an attorney.

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