A DUI conviction in Georgia is not only costly financially wise, but it also has long-term consequences that can affect family life and career. This is why fighting this charge, if one pulled over for drinking, should be the priority.
According to FindLaw, the BAC limit for drivers 21 and older is .08, but a driver can still get a DUI if under the limit if tests determine physical or mental impairment. If facing a DUI conviction, one of the first things that happens is the Department of Driver Services suspends the driver’s license for up to one year. For a first offense, the driver can face a fine of up to $1,000, jail time of up to one year, an alcohol education course and 40 hours of community service. Subsequent offenses carry heavier sentences.
Very Well Mind reminds drivers that fines are not the only expense they will face. There is the cost of a lawyer, court fees and fees for DUI classes. With the loss of a license, and the court dates, there is also a loss of income due to missed days of work. Some people may even lose their jobs due to the charge.
Some drivers will get their license back only if they install an ignition interlock device on their vehicle. There is an installation fee and monthly charges associated with this. With a reinstated license, drivers must also pay higher auto insurance rates because insurance companies see them as higher risk drivers. This often doubles or even triples the rate of insurance for a certain number of years.