Second DUI charges in Georgia offer more severe penalties but are still traditionally treated as misdemeanor offenses. Georgia law demands that a second DUI conviction warrants a required minimum penalty of three days of jail time. Prosecuting attorneys and judges however may give you significantly more jail time upon conviction. It varies widely by jurisdiction, but 10-90 days for a second DUI in a short amount time is not uncommon.
In Georgia, you also will face a driver’s license suspension of up to 18 months, most often your sentence will start without a limited permit being made available. In addition, you will likely be subject to the requirement of an ignition interlock device being installed in your car prior to your license being reinstated. The minimum required hours of community service are 240 hours, and DUI School as well as clinical alcohol and drug evaluations and treatment recommendations are also required.
You may also face the required surrender of the license plates of vehicles you own, and may face public scrutiny with your photograph published in local papers. To top it off, fines and fees will also be assessed during the process. For at least the first 4 months and up to the first 12 months there can be no permit to drive whatsoever.
Common punishments for a second DUI in Georgia can include:
12 – 36 months of probation (depending on whether there are other associated offenses)
Fines of $600 – $1000
90 days to 12 months in jail ( a minimum of 3 days must be served; however few people only get 3 days)
240 hours of community service (30 full, 8 hour days)
Changes in the DUI Law for Second Offenses as of January 1, 2013
As of January 1, 2013 the Second Offense DUI law has been changed. The changes are a benefit to our clients, with a caveat. The caveat is that the change allowing limited permits earlier is 100% subject to the decision of the judge in your case. Unlike other permits that our clients can get, the Judge can decide it without the possibility of appeal. The limited permit will also allow you to drive to court, probation appointments, and community service. If an immediate family member is unlicensed, you can drive them to work, school, medical care, and to pharmacies to drop off and pick up prescriptions.
If you or someone you know has been arrested for a DUI Charge in Atlanta, then you are going to need a qualified DUI Attorney who can guide you through the process. Contact the Howard Law Group and schedule a Free Consultation and discuss your case. As a Former Prosecutor we understand the system. Don’t go it ALONE!