If you have been arrested for DUI in Georgia, you could be facing serious penalties. In addition, the penalties increase with multiple DUI convictions. A fourth (4th) DUI conviction within 10 years is considered a felony conviction. The consequences for a DUI will extend far beyond jail time and fines and can have a significant impact on the rest of your life. If you or a loved one has been charged with their 4th DUI in Georgia, contact our Georgia DUI Defense Attorneys today.
Penalty for Fourth DUI Conviction in Georgia
The maximum penalty for a fourth DUI conviction in Georgia is up to 5 years in jail and a $5,000 fine, not including court costs. The minimum penalty is a one year jail term with a $1,000 fine. However, it is very rare for judges to award a minimum sentence for a 4th DUI. Some additional consequences include:
- 60 days (480 hours) of community service
- DUI school
- 5 years probation minus any jail time already served
- Mandatory DUI court treatment program
- 17 weeks of alcohol and drug counseling
- 10 year license suspension with limited permit possible after 2 years
- Notice and picture in county newspaper
- Surrender of license plates in your name
- Convicted felon status for life
However, if you complete a court-approved alcohol or drug treatment program, the judge can suspend half of the fine. In addition, if you serve 3 years or more in jail, the community service portion will be suspended.
If you receive a fourth DUI in 10 years, you will be declared a habitual violator. Any person declared a habitual violator must forfeit their vehicle to the state, but you can petition the judge to transfer the title to another family member if the forfeiture would cause your family financial hardship. Being a Georgia Habitual Violator means your will not be allowed to drive a car for at least 2 years and as much as 5 years. If you violate the law and are found driving, you will be charged with another felony.
Defenses for Fourth DUI Charge in Georgia
No matter what the specifics of your case are, there are always Georgia DUI Defenses our Georgia 4th DUI Lawyers can do to help. Just because you have been convicted of DUI before does not automatically guarantee you will be convinced again.
Our lawyers can use a variety of defenses for your case including:
- Challenging the initial stop
- Investigating whether your arrest was conducted legally
- Evaluating the procedures involved in your chemical test
- Looking into the field sobriety tests that were conducted
- Checking to make sure you were correctly given your implied consent rights
- Challenging the BAC results
Trust our Fourth DUI in Georgia Lawyers today and find out how our representation will make all the difference in your case. With over 50 combined years of experience and over 5,000 clients represented, we understand what it takes to be successful! We have a proven track record of winning DUI cases and are prepared to assist with your case today. Call now for a free case evaluation.
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If you have been arrested for a 4th DUI in Georgia, call our office immediately. Being charged with a felony is serious and you deserve the best representation to help you fight! Call today.