In Georgia, it is illegal for a motorist to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or illicit drugs. Depending on the number of prior convictions and other surrounding circumstances, a Georgia DUI conviction may result in hefty fines, lengthy imprisonment, and other license-related consequences. A skilled Georgia criminal defense attorney can enlighten you about the ramifications of a DUI conviction and determine whether you will lose your driving privileges.

The Law Office of Jay G. Wall is committed to offering comprehensive legal guidance and strong representation to clients facing DUI charges. As your legal counsel, he can evaluate every aspect of your case thoroughly, strategize an effective defense for your unique situation, and explore your options for getting your license reinstated. The firm is proud to represent clients across Woodstock, Canton, Holly Springs, Marietta, and Cartersville, Georgia.

DUI License Penalties in Georgia

In the state of Georgia, motorists are prohibited from driving or being in actual physical control of a motor vehicle:

  • While under the influence of any legal drug, alcohol, marijuana, or controlled substances which makes them less safe to drive.
  • With any amount of illegal drugs – urine or blood.
  • With a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of at least 0.08% (adults), 0.04% (commercial drivers), or 0.02% (persons under 21 years).

Possible criminal penalties for DUI convictions in Georgia can include massive fines, jail time, license suspension or revocation, probation, and other life-altering consequences. However, the license-related consequences will depend on the number of prior DUI convictions and other surrounding circumstances.

Here are the possible license penalties for DUI convictions in Georgia:

First Offense

  • DUI Conviction: 120 day license suspension, with the possibility of a limited permit to drive for work, school, or activities related to court.
  • Under 21 DUI: 6 or 12 month hard license suspension (no possibility of a limited permit to drive)

Second Offense

  • DUI Conviction: 18 month suspension, with possible ignition interlock limited permit after 120 days
  • Under 21 DUI: 18 month license suspension (no possibility of a limited permit to drive)

Third Offense

  • DUI Conviction: 2-year hard suspension, may be declared a Habitual Violator
  • Under 21 DUI: Permanent revocation of license, may be declared a Habitual Violator

However, you may be eligible to apply for a hardship license after a certain period and upon completing a DUI education program. An experienced attorney can review every detail of your case and enlighten you about how a hardship license works.

Hardship License

With your license suspended or revoked, you may experience several inconveniences in your education, livelihood, and health. A hardship license is a limited permit or restricted driver’s license which allows a person with a suspended or revoked license to drive to school, work, hospital, or other vital functions.

Drivers who have their license suspended or revoked may be able to apply for a hardship license during the suspension period upon completing a drug and alcohol evaluation and Risk Reduction Assessment. Also, an ignition interlock device (IID) must be installed on a second offense.

Who Qualifies for a Hardship License?

Unfortunately, not everyone with a suspended or revoked license may apply for a hardship license in Georgia. You will be eligible for a hardship license if:

  • This is your first DUI conviction.
  • This is your first or second suspension for points on your driver’s license.
  • You can provide proof that you will suffer undue hardship without a driver’s license.

A skilled Georgia DUI defense attorney can determine your eligibility for a hardship license, walk you through the process of getting one, or help get your driver’s license reinstated.

Getting Your License Reinstated

The license suspension period for a DUI in Georgia will depend on whether this is your first, second, or third offense. Thankfully, you can get your license reinstated upon fulfilling the suspension period. Here are the steps to get your license reinstated in Georgia:

  • Satisfy the suspension period.
  • Pay the required traffic fines and legal fees.
  • Meet all necessary requirements of any criminal conviction.
  • Provide proof of SR-22 insurance – certificate of financial responsibility.
  • Pay the driver’s license reinstatement fee.
  • Pay the points violation fee, if applicable.
  • Complete a DUI education program – alcohol and drug treatment program.
  • Install an ignition interlock device (IID)

A skilled attorney can help you complete the necessary legal paperwork and documents and ultimately get your driver’s license reinstated.

Get Reliable Representation Today

Fighting your drunk driving charges without experienced guidance or representation can expose you to the possibility of suffering the maximum punishment. If convicted, you could risk losing your driving license and suffering other devastating, life-long consequences. Therefore, when facing DUI allegations, it is crucial that you retain an aggressive criminal defense attorney for proper guidance and to help protect your legal rights and driving privileges.

At The Law Office of Jay G. Wall, he has devoted his career to handling criminal cases and representing the best interests of individuals wrongfully accused of drunk driving and facing a license suspension. Using his extensive knowledge, he can help you navigate the criminal justice system. He will dispute the allegations against you with overwhelming evidence and make sure your driver’s license is not suspended.

Even if you lose your driving privileges, the attorney at The Law Office of Jay G. Wall will attempt to fight aggressively on your behalf to uphold your legal rights and ultimately get your driver’s license reinstated. Having him on your side can make a huge difference in your DUI case and improve your chances of a brighter tomorrow.

Contact The Law Office of Jay G. Wall today to schedule a simple case assessment with an experienced DUI defense lawyer. He can strategize your best defenses and fight aggressively to protect your driving privileges. The firm is proud to represent clients across Woodstock, Marietta, Canton, and Cartersville, Georgia.