Atlanta, Ga. - Most people incorrectly believe that charges for DUI in Atlanta are not that serious. Unfortunately, a lot of people tend to think that because it is a traffic offense that the penalties if convicted are not as bad or harsh as those for other crimes.
This is what leads to a lot of DUI convictions. The thought process and belief system behind the not taking DUI seriously is what typically gets people into trouble. As an Atlanta DUI Lawyer, I have explained just how serious DUI Penalties are in the state of Georgia. In fact, Georgia has some of the strictest DUI laws in the country. See below for a list of potential penalties a person convicted of DUI may face.
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.
Call our offices now if you have been arrested for DUI.