DUI Georgia Fourth Offense
If you have a history of driving under the influence (DUI) in Georgia, did you know that you could be charged with a felony if you are arrested for drunk driving in the future? It’s true—under state law, a DUI Georgia fourth offense is classified as a felony crime. As a result, the penalties for a conviction are far harsher than what you have ever faced in the past.
In 2008, Georgia lawmakers enacted new laws to protect drivers from habitual DUI offenders. Under this legislation, any person who has been convicted of three or more drunk driving convictions within the past ten years can face felony charges if he or she is arrested a fourth time.
Although this law is not retroactive, if you have been convicted of drinking and driving three or more times since 2008 (the year the law went into effect), you can expect any subsequent DUI charges you receive to be classified as a felony offense.
So what type of punishment will you receive if you are convicted of felony DUI? For starters, your driver’s license will be restricted for the next five years—and you won’t be able to drive whatsoever for at least two of them. You’ll also pay up to $5,000 in fines and have to perform at least 60 days of community service.
In addition to the penalties listed above, a fourth DUI conviction requires a mandatory jail sentence. Depending on the circumstances of your arrest, you could spend anywhere from one to five years behind bars—although three months is most common.
Following your release, you will be placed on probation for the next five years (minus the amount of time you spent in jail) and required to undergo treatment for alcohol addiction, as well as complete a driver’s education program. You should also keep in mind that, as a convicted felon, you will unable to vote, serve on a jury, purchase a firearm, or obtain a passport for the rest of your life.
With so much at stake, you can certainly see why it is important to obtain legal representation before your case is tried in criminal court.
To improve your chances of obtaining a favorable outcome for your case, put the Law Offices of Head, Thomas, Webb, and Willis to work for you. Our record of success speaks for itself—and throughout our time in practice, we have helped thousands of drivers like you avoid the consequences of a fourth DUI conviction.
For a free consultation on your case, contact the Law Offices of Head, Thomas, Webb, and Willis today.
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