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License suspensions for DUI charges in Georgia

On Behalf of | Jul 27, 2023 | Criminal Law |

Driving under the influence is a serious offense in Georgia, and the consequences of a conviction can have a lasting impact on your life. In addition to ordering fines, probation and possible jail time, the court can suspend your driver’s license for a DUI offense.

Learning about the law in Georgia and the potential ramifications of a DUI conviction can be helpful if you are facing charges.

DUI consequences in Georgia

A first-time DUI offense in Georgia typically results in fewer harsh penalties than second or third offenses within a ten-year period. If a court convicts you of driving under the influence, you could face fines up to $1000, mandatory community service, months of probation and potential jail time. You also must complete a drug and alcohol evaluation after your conviction and possibly attend a risk reduction program.

License suspensions are also common in DUI cases. For a first offense, you could face a year-long suspension. A second violation results in a three-year suspension, and three DUIs in ten years can lead to a permanent revocation.

Navigating a license suspension

Having a suspended license can make it challenging to travel and live your life. In some cases, a driver with a suspended or revoked license can complete a DUI education program and seek early reinstatement of their driver’s license. It is also possible to apply for a hardship license that permits limited use of your vehicle under specific circumstances, such as driving to work or essential appointments. People with hardship licenses must also use an ignition interlock device. An IID tests a driver’s breath before allowing them to start their vehicle.

Although it can be difficult to have a suspended license, there are options that enable you to keep driving after a DUI charge.