Atlanta, Ga. - Most people are unaware that being arrested for DUI in Atlanta and subsequently being convicted of that offense comes with a lot of penalties and consequences.
As an Atlanta DUI Lawyer, I ensure that all of my clients understand just what they are up against. In today's post, I will outline the consequences of a first DUI conviction as it is outlined by the law in the state of Georgia. Read below.
First DUI Penalties
The first two DUI convictions are considered misdemeanors, the third or more can be considered a high and aggravated misdemeanor. In some cases, your DUI may even become a felony level charge.
A first DUI conviction can include the following penalties.
- Jail sentence of 1 day to 12 months. Actual sentence imposed will depend on the facts of your case.
- Possible fine of $300 to $1,000, plus court fees
- 40 hours of community service
- DUI Risk Reduction course (often known as "DUI School")
- Maximum of 12 months of probation, that may include random alcohol and drug testing
- Driver's license suspension of 120 days up to 12 months
A subsequent DUI conviction can result in more days in jail, higher fines, more community service hours, substance abuse treatment, and published notice in a conviction.
As you can see, these penalties can greatly affect your life, your finances, and your freedom. You need an effective and aggressive DUI firm to defend your case in court. You deserve to have your rights protected.
These penalties and consequences are life-changing. Don't attempt to handle your DUI case on your own. Call our offices now.