Bowdon DUI Lawyer

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Bowdon DUI Lawyer

If you have been charged with DUI in Bowdon or anywhere else in Carroll County, you need to call one of our DUI Attorneys in Bowdon. With over 25 years of DUI defense experience, we guarantee there is no one better to assist with your case. Call now for a free case evaluation.

Is DUI Charged as a Misdemeanor or Felony in Bowdon?

In Georgia, driving under the influence (DUI) is generally charged as a misdemeanor, but there are situations where it can be a felony charge. For a first, second, or third DUI charge within 10 years, a conviction will be treated as a misdemeanor. However, that does not mean that the sentence will be minor. The following penalties are common punishments in Georgia:

First DUI penalty in Bowdon:

  • Up to one year in jail
  • 12 months of probation
  • Fine between $300-$100 plus court costs and surcharges
  • At least 40 hours of community service
  • DUI school
  • Driver's license suspension, with a limited permit to drive
  • MADD panel
  • Substance abuse counseling

Second DUI penalty:

  • Minimum three days in jail
  • 12-36 months or probation
  • Fines between $600-$1,000
  • 240 hours of community service
  • License suspension for at least 1 year
  • Installation of an ignition interlock device
  • Surrender or license plate
  • 17 weeks of alcohol and drug counseling
  • Publication of photo in the local newspaper
  • DUI Court programs

Bowdon Third DUI Penalty

  • 12-36 months of probation
  • Fine between $1,000-$5,000
  • Surrender of license plate
  • 5-year license suspension with a limited permit available after two years of ignition interlock device
  • 17 weeks of alcohol and drug counseling
  • Publication of photo in the local newspaper
  • Habitual violator status

A person can be charged with Felony DUI in Bowdon in multiple ways.

  • The first way is by being convicted of a fourth DUI in 10 years. A person convicted of 4 DUI's within 10 years will face fines up to $5,000, a prison term up to five years, and an extended license suspension, among other things.
  • Second, a person will be charged with felony DUI if they were arrested for DUI when children under 14 were also in the vehicle. The driver would be charged with both DUI and DUI Child Endangerment. Furthermore, if multiple children were in the vehicle, then the driver will face multiple counts of child endangerment. A misdemeanor Child Endangerment conviction can result in an individual being fined up to $1,000 or being sentenced to jail for up to one year.  An individual charged with felony Child Endangerment may be fined between $1,000 and $5,000 and sentenced to prison for between one and three years.
  • Lastly, if an intoxicated driver causes an accident that results in another individual suffering some kind of serious bodily injury, this offense may be charged a felony. As with Child Endangerment, each injured person is counted as a separate DUI With Serious Bodily Injury charge. The penalty for this offense is between one and fifteen years behind bars.

If you have been charged with your first DUI or DUI Child Endangerment, our Bowdon DUI Lawyers are here to help. With over 5,000 people represented, we understand what it takes to reach a successful outcome, and help you avoid these harsh consequences. Call our DUI Attorneys in Bowdon today no matter what the facts of your case are!

Bowdon Municipal Court

If you have been charged with DUI within Bowdon city limits, your case will proceed in Bowdon Municipal Court. The Court is located at 136 City Hall Avenue, Bowdon, GA 30108. Ms. Susan Bryant is the Court Clerk, and she can be reached at 770-258-8980. The Honorable Judge Timothy McCreary presides over the Court.

Call now to speak with one of our Bowdon DUI Lawyers

There is no time to waste if you have been charged with DUI. The consequences are harsh even for a first time DUI, and they will have a drastic impact on your life. Let our DUI Lawyers in Bowdon help you avoid these life-altering penalties. Call us today.

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