DUI Penalties in Atlanta, Georgia

Everyone knows that if they are charged with a DUI, they’re going to pay a serious fine.  The fine is probably the most recognized and immediate consequence of a DUI conviction and, in Georgia, drivers over 21 pay the following:

  • First Offense: $300-$1,000 fine
  • Second Offense: $600- $1,000 fine
  • Third Offense: $1,000-$5,000 fine

Although fines are the most recognized consequence, there are several other costly penalties that drivers often fail to consider.  Here is a list of the additional penalties you can expect if you or someone you know is charged with a DUI in Atlanta.  Brace yourself.

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First Offense DUI Penalties                                                                                

Second Offense DUI Penalties                                                                                                        

  • 48 hours MINIMUM in jail
  • 3 year license suspension
  • 30 days community service
  • $210 license reinstatement fee
  • $298 DUI Alcohol/Drug Risk Reduction Program
  • Clinical Evaluation

Third Offense DUI Penalties

  • Habitual Violator (HV) Status
  • License revoked for 5 years plus license plate confiscation
  • 15 days MINIMUM in jail
  • 30 days community service
  • $298 DUI Alcohol/Drug Risk Reduction Program
  • Name, address, and photo published in your local newspaper

Considering all of these penalties, the actual cost of a DUI in Georgia goes far beyond the initial fine and can easily amount to thousands of dollars.

Source: DMV.org, DUI & DWI in Georgia


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