In Georgia a driver will be arrested for a driving under the influence (DUI) if their blood alcohol content (BAC) is .08% or greater. Acceptable BAC levels decrease for drivers of commercial vehicles (.04%) and drivers under 21 years of age (.02%). You can also receive a DUI for driving under the influence of marijuana, controlled substances, or illegal drugs.

 

DUI Penalties: Jail, Fines, Community Service

When convicted of DUI, a judge will determine the offender’s penalties according to a set of guidelines based on the offender’s number of prior DUI convictions within the last ten years. Each case is judged individually and penalties may vary.

  • 1st offense: 10 days to 12 months in jail (minimum 24 hours), $300 to $1,000 in fines, and minimum 20 hours (40 hours if BAC was .08% or more) of community service.
  • 2nd offense: 90 days to 12 months in jail (minimum of 72 hours), $600 to $1,000 in fines, and a minimum 30 days of community service.
  • 3rd offense: 120 days to 12 months in jail (minimum of 15 days), $1,000 to $5,000 in fines, and a minimum 30 days of community service.

 

DUI Penalties: Driver’s License

When convicted of DUI, an offender will have their license suspended for a period of time based on the number of DUI convictions they have received within the last five years.

  • 1st offense: 12-month suspension, but may be reinstated after 120 days after completion of a DUI education program and payment of a $200 reinstatement fee.
  • 2nd offense: Three-year suspension, but may be reinstated after 18 months after completion of a DUI education program and payment of a $200 reinstatement fee.
  • 3rd offense: The driver’s license will be permanently revoked and a probationary license can be applied for after three years.
  • Injury or death DUI: The driver’s license will be suspended for three years and the driver is ineligible for early reinstatement and a hardship license.

 

Bonding Out of Jail After a DUI Arrest

After a DUI arrest, you may be released on your own recognizance if you have ties to your community, a steady job, no previous record, and family members living nearby. If you are required to pay bail you will need to pay the full amount, submit property equal to bail value, or arrange for a bail bond agency to post a bond on your behalf. We are here to help you after your DUI arrest—call us today!

Disclaimer: This article is not to be taken as legal advice or intended to condone driving under the influence.