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Consequences and penalties for multiple DUIs in Georgia

On Behalf of | Feb 7, 2024 | Criminal Law |

Driving under the influence is a serious offense with severe consequences, especially when it occurs repeatedly.

In Georgia, the penalties for multiple DUIs are harsh and increase with each subsequent offense. Understanding these consequences is important for anyone facing such charges.

License suspension

One of the most significant consequences of multiple DUI convictions is the suspension of driving privileges. For a second offense, a person may face dealing with a suspended license for a minimum of one year. Subsequent offenses can result in longer suspensions or even permanent revocation of the driver’s license.

Mandatory alcohol treatment programs

Individuals convicted of multiple DUIs are often required to attend mandatory alcohol treatment programs. These programs aim to address the underlying issues contributing to the individual’s drinking and driving behavior with the goal of preventing future offenses.

Financial penalties

Multiple DUI convictions in Georgia also carry hefty financial penalties. Fines for DUI offenses can range from hundreds to thousands of dollars, depending on the number of prior convictions and other aggravating factors, such as driving with a suspended license or transporting a minor.

Jail time

For repeat DUI offenders, jail time is a real possibility. A second DUI conviction can result in a minimum mandatory jail sentence with subsequent offenses carrying even longer sentences. These jail terms not only disrupt the individual’s life but also serve as a deterrent to future drunk driving behavior.

Law enforcement in Georgia makes approximately 200,000 DUI arrests every year. While mistakes happen, facing multiple DUI convictions can significantly impact an individual’s life.