If you are convicted of a third DUI in Georgia, it can be a much more serious offense with much steeper penalties to a first or second DUI.
A conviction is still a misdemeanor, but there is an additional category that can be added. It is called “misdemeanor of a high and aggravated nature.” If you are convicted in this category, your penalties will be on the high end of the ranges listed below.
And if you are convicted of a third DUI within 5 years in Georgia, you can be labeled Habitual Violator. This declaration carries additional requirements and steeper penalties.
Penalties for Your Third DUI Offense in Georgia
- Fines can range from $1000 to $5000.
- At least 15 days in jail are required by Georgia Law, but a judge has discretion of assigning up to 12 months in jail.
- 12-36 months probation.
- Community service of at least 240 hours.
- Possible license suspension.
- DUI Risk Reduction (DUI School).
- Mothers Against Drunk Driving Victim Impact Panel.
- Clinical evaluation and possible participation in substance abuse counseling.
Additional Penalties for Habitual Violators
If you are declared a Habitual Violator, meaning you have three DUI convictions within 5 years, here are the additional penalties:
- Your driver’s license will be revoked for 5 years. After two years, and after meeting specific requirements, there is a possibility you can gain a special probationary permit that would allow you limited driving privileges.
- Surrender of license plates.
- Pay $25 for the publication of your photo and conviction information in a local newspaper.
Because of the steep penalties, a 3rd DUI can have a big impact on your life. If you are arrested for a 3rd DUI in the state of Georgia, get in touch with an experienced DUI lawyer as soon as possible.
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