What are the penalties for a DUI conviction in Georgia?

The penalties for a 1st DUI conviction in Georgia include:

  • Jail time ranging from 1 day to 1 year,
  • Fines ranging from $300 - $1000, plus surcharges,
  • Driver’s license suspension up to 1 year,
  • 40 Hours of Community service,
  • $210 Set license reinstatement fee, and
  • Possible Probation.


Penalties for a 2nd DUI conviction in Georgia include:

  • A Minimum mandatory 48 hours in jail, possible 90 days to 1 year,
  • Fine of $600-$1,000,
  • License suspension of 3 years,
  • Minimum 30 days community service
  • $210 Set license reinstatement fee,
  • A mandatory clinical evaluation and, if indicated, completion of a substance abuse treatment program at the offender's expense.


Penalties for a 3rd DUI Conviction in Georgia include:

  • Minimum mandatory 15 days jail time,
  • Fine of $1,000-$5,000,
  • License revocation for five years,
  • Minimum mandatory 30 days community service
  • Violator's name, photo, and address published in local newspaper at violator's expense,
  • Declared as habitual violator, the license plate for his/her vehicle will be seized by the court and forwarded to the Department of Motor Vehicle Safety,
  • Face a mandatory clinical evaluation and, if indicated, completion of substance abuse treatment program at the offender's expense.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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