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Getting a DUI in Georgia

A first-time DUI (Driving Under the Influence) conviction in Georgia can carry significant consequences. You could face penalties including a fine of up to $1,000 and up to one year in jail. A DUI conviction also involves mandatory penalties such as serving 40 hours of community service, a mandatory probation period of 12 months, and attending Alcohol or Drug Use Risk Reduction courses, commonly known as DUI School.

These consequences increase with repeat offenses. Habitual violators face harsher penalties, including extended probation, more community service, and/or mandatory jail time.

For minors charged with DUI with a BAC lower than 0.08% or those who refused to take the chemical test, the judge may still impose jail time and/or 20 hours of community service.

Types of DUIs

It is important to note that DUIs in Georgia encompass more than just alcohol-related offenses. Drivers under the influence of drugs or other intoxicating substances or a combination of them with alcohol are also subject to a DUI charge.

Administrative License Suspension (ALS)

An Administrative License Suspension (ALS) can be imposed under the following conditions:

  1. The accused refused to submit to the state-administered test.
  2. The accused’s BAC was 0.08% or higher (for those 21 and older).
  3. The accused’s BAC was 0.02% or higher (for those under 21).

If an ALS is imposed, it is crucial to retain legal counsel immediately, as you have only thirty days to appeal the ALS. During this period, you will receive a temporary driving permit valid for 45 days. Failure to appeal within thirty days could result in a one-year license suspension, depending on the circumstances of the ALS.

Benefits of Having Georgia DUI Lawyers Defend You

While it is possible to represent yourself in a DUI case, it can be risky. DUI law is highly technical and subject to frequent changes, sometimes as often as every six months, depending on recent rulings from the Supreme Court or the Court of Appeals. Having an experienced DUI lawyer on your side can help a stressful and frightening situation. Hall & Navarro is here to provide clarity and guidance. We understand how to navigate the complexities of DUI law effectively to strive for the best possible outcome. If you have a DUI charge, don’t delay – contact us today.

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Will I lose my license for a DUI Charge?

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In Georgia, if you’re charged with DUI, there is an administrative suspension that can take place and a state court suspension that can take place. There are certain deadlines that you need to meet to appeal the administrative suspension. You can avoid the suspension of your license in certain circumstances, as long as the objections are filed timely. It’s very important that you get to an attorney immediately upon receiving a DUI charge in Georgia.

Being charged for underage DUI

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In Georgia, if you are under 21 and charged with DUI, the suspension of your license is automatic. If you’re 21 or over, you have an opportunity to get a work permit or a school permit to drive. However, if you are under 21, you will not have that opportunity, and you will have a hard suspension of your license. Every DUI case, however, is different. Every DUI case is unique.

Duration of a DUI on your record in Georgia

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The criminal history of an individual is very important. It can affect employment and more. We get calls often asking how long a DUI will stay on your criminal record.

The answer is, it will stay on your criminal record indefinitely. There used to be some talk about a seven-year term – that’s not true. I have reviewed criminal histories in my practice that go back to the 1970s, and those DUIs are still on the record.

We can help you in your particular case. There may be some things that we can do about restricting and sealing your record, but every case is different.

First-time DUI in Georgia

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The penalties for a first-time DUI offense in Georgia are 12 months either probated or in jail, and up to a thousand dollar fine. You will be required to work 40 hours of community service. In addition, you will need to take a DUI class – it’s called DUI School – which is serviced by different organizations in our community. Normally, the 12 months is probated on a first-time DUI, and probation basically means that you report to an office on a monthly basis. You could also be required to pay a monthly probation fee during the time that you are being supervised by an officer.