Forsyth County Multiple DUI Defense Lawyer
Arrested with Prior Convictions on Your Record?
If you have been arrested for DUI, and you already possess prior DUI convictions on your record, then it is likely that you will face additional, enhanced penalties if you are convicted again. To have an improved chance of avoiding these penalties, it is recommended that you contact a DUI attorney who will aggressively defend you against the accusations of the prosecution in your case.
At Zeliff | Watson, we have over 25 years of combined experience in providing DUI defense to individuals, so we understand how to approach cases in which a person has been charged for a second, third, or fourth subsequent DUI offense. We also understand that the stakes in these cases can be very high, as a conviction can result in the person being placed in jail or prison for a significant amount of time. Our goal is to provide the best possible representation for clients who have been charged with DUI on multiple occasions, in order to give those clients a considerably improved chance of a case outcome that is favorable to them.
Our goal is to provide the best possible representation for clients who have been charged with DUI on multiple occasions, in order to give those clients a considerably improved chance of a case outcome that is favorable to them.
Second DUI Conviction Penalties
If you’re convicted of a second DUI charge within 5 years of your first conviction, you’re facing enhanced fines and penalties. For starters, your license will be suspended for 1.5 to 3 years and you’ll need to pay between $600 and $1,000. You’ll also need to pay $210 if you want your license to be reinstated.
- You’ll also need to provide:
- Time and fees for a DUI Risk Reduction program (potentially)
- Clinical evaluation and treatment for alcoholism (potentially)
- 48 hours in jail minimum, with sentencing up to a year
- 30 days minimum of community service
On top of all that, you may need to drive with an ignition interlock device and/or a limited driving permit. The limited driving permit may depend on your BAC at the time of arrest and whether you submitted to a blood or breath test.
Third DUI Conviction Penalties
For every person who is convicted for the third time for DUI, the state of Georgia hits them with Habitual Violator status (HV), revoking the defendant’s license for 5 years and confiscating their license plate. They’ll also be subject to larger fines and sentencing penalties.
- The penalties for a third DUI conviction include:
- Up to $5,000 in fines
- $410 fee for reinstating your license
- 15 days in jail minimum
- 30 days of community service minimum
- Mandatory alcohol abuse treatment
- Mandatory DUI Risk Reduction enrollment
After the 5-year license suspension period is over, third-time offenders will need to spend 2 more years driving with a limited permit and an ignition interlock device. Also, in the name of public safety, the court will force you to print your name, address, and photo in the local newspaper as a warning to the community about your driving record.
Fourth DUI Conviction Penalties
The fourth DUI offense in 10 years is considered a felony, meaning that financial and other penalties are magnified further. You’re facing at least 1 year in jail, as well as $1,000 in fines and fees minimum—with up to $5,000 in fines total. However, for being a Habitual Violator, you’re unlikely to receive the minimum sentence. Without the help of a defense attorney, you’re looking at 5 years in jail and over $5,000 in costs.
If you are facing a conviction for your second, third, or fourth subsequent DUI offense, contact a DUI lawyer for immediate defense against your charges.