The state of Georgia takes a hard stance against drunk driving. The penalties can impact your life in many ways if you are charged and convicted of this crime.
Understanding how a DUI conviction can impact your life now and in the future will help you see why this is something you should avoid.
The financial impact of a DUI conviction can be significant. For example, as a first-time offender, you face fees ranging from $300 to $1,000. If you are convicted of a second DUI in a 10-year period, you will face fines of $600 to $1,000. For many, this type of fine would create financial hardship for them and their families. The fines increase again for a third DUI conviction in 10 years, ranging from $1,000 to $5,000.
Lost time with your family
Along with significant fines, some DUIs carry prison sentences. For example, for a first-time offender, you can face jail time of 10 days to 12 months. Like the fees, if you are convicted of a second DUI, the potential prison time increases and ranges from 90 days to 12 months. A third conviction comes with the possibility of a prison sentence ranging from 120 days to 12 months.
During your time in jail, you lose the ability to live your life, including going to work, school and spending time with your family and friends. This can impact your life, job and ability to earn a living.
Protecting your rights and freedom
You must know your rights if you are charged with DUI in Georgia. There are possible defenses to this charge and using them may help you avoid some of the penalties listed above.