The 10-Year Rule in Georgia Explained:
Georgia sentencing guidelines require that if you are convicted of a second DUI within 10-years, you will be sentenced to a minimum of 72 hours in jail and a fine that ranges from $600 to $1,000 (plus court surcharges).
You will also receive 240 hours of community service, DUI School, 12 months on probation, a clinical evaluation, and any recommended substance abuse treatment.
The 5-Year Rule in Georgia Explained:
If you are convicted of a second DUI within 5 years, the penalties are even more severe.
In addition to the penalties listed above, you will also be required to pay a $25.00 fee to publish a notice of your conviction and your photograph in your county newspaper.
You will also be required to surrender the license plates to any vehicle registered in your name, and your driver’s license will be suspended for a minimum of 18 months.
If you are convicted of a second DUI within a 5-year period, you will be ineligible for a limited driving permit for at least 4 months. Additionally, you will be required to install an ignition interlock device in your car as a prerequisite to getting a permit to drive.
DUI Laws | What You Need to Know
The laws make it illegal for drivers of all ages to operate motor vehicles if they have BAC percentages of:
- 0.08% or higher, if they’re 21 years old or older operating regular passenger vehicles.
- 0.04% or higher, if they’re operating commercial vehicles.
- 0.02% or higher, if they’re younger than 21 years old.
Georgia State law also requires clinical evaluation and the attendance of a DUI / Risk Reduction Program that’s certified/licensed by the Georgia Department of Driver’s Services before your driver’s license can be reinstated if you have been charged with any of the following:
- Drug Possession
- Other drug offenses
- Under-age possession of drugs or alcohol
Before getting behind the wheel after having a few, consider the many reasons why you should not.