Atlanta DUI Lawyer
Being charged with a DUI for the first time can be a scary experience and you may not know what to expect. A DUI cannot be restricted (“expunged”) from your criminal record. Therefore, it’s important to understand all your options when fighting a DUI case.
First DUI Penalties:
As measured from the dates of previous arrests for which convictions were obtained or pleas of nolo contendere were accepted to the date of the current arrest for which a conviction is obtained or a plea of nolo contendere is accepted, within the previous ten years
- $300-$1,000 fine plus any statutory charges
- 10 days to 12 months in jail (the judge may suspend all but 24 hours)
- Suspended license for up to one year. If you are under the age of 21, your license will be suspended for 6 months (if your BAC is under 0.08%) or 12 months (if your BAC is 0.08% or higher)
- $210 fee for license reinstatement
- DUI Alcohol or Drug Risk Reduction program and all associated costs
- Minimum of 40 hours of community service
- Possible imprisonment of up to one year
- Possible limited driving permit. You may apply for a limited permit, which is valid in Georgia only, and seek reinstatement of your driver’s license after 120 days if you have successfully completed DUI school and paid the $210 reinstatement fee. However, a limited permit is not available for a DUI Under 21 or a CDL DUI. Also, a limited permit is not available for a conviction of DUI Drugs or DUI D combined with alcohol and drugs.