Sometimes Connecticut residents travel to other states, like Georgia, for business or pleasure and have the unfortunate luck to be charged with a DUI. If this happens to you, you should first find a qualified DUI lawyer in Georgia, but you should also be aware of how Connecticut’s DMV will treat you upon your return.
Georgia DUI Penalties
If you have been convicted of a DUI in Georgia, you would be convicted of violating section 40-6-391 of the Official Code of Georgia.
In Georgia, the penalties for DUI can range depending on the number of prior DUI offenses you have.
First offense: This conviction will result in a fine of $300-$1,000, 40 hours of community service, and a jail sentence of 10 days, all of which can be suspended, unless your BAC is above .08, in which case 24 hours of jail time is required. In addition, your license will be suspended for one year, with a work permit available after 120 days.
Second offense: This will result in a fine of $600-$1,000, 30 days of community service, a license suspension for three years (one year hard suspension, six month work permit with installation of ignition interlock device), and a 90 day jail sentence. All jail time except 72 hours can be suspended. In addition, you will have to attend DUI School and alcoholic counseling.
Third offense: A third conviction carries a fine of $1,000-$5,000, 30 days of community service, 120 days in jail (of which 15 days must be served), a license suspension for five years (two year hard suspension, three year work permit with installation of ignition interlock device). In addition, you will have to attend DUI School and alcoholic counseling.
If you are looking for a Georgia DUI lawyer, Ruane Attorneys recommends Attorney Allen Trapp. If you have a Georgia DUI but are a Connecticut resident, please contact a Connecticut DUI lawyer for help.