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What happens for a first-time DUI charge?

If you have been arrested for a DUI in Georgia and it is your first time, you may be worried and concerned about what happens now. The first thing to understand is a first-time offense is your warning to never drive while intoxicated again. While you will face penalties, they are not anywhere close to what you would face if this was a repeat offense.

The Georgia Department of Driver Services at the scene you must consent to a blood alcohol test or your license will be suspended without any chance for even limited privileges for a year. This is on top of the penalty for the actual drunk driving charges.

Upon conviction, you will lose your license for one year. You can get your license reinstated or may get a limited permit, which allows you to drive to and from work. Getting your license reinstated requires you to wait at least 120 days into your suspension. You must also pay a fee and possibly other fines. Finally, you have to complete a DUI alcohol or drug use risk reduction program. This program must be approved by the DDS, and you must supply a certificate of completion to get your license reinstated.

Keep in mind that first time offenses are treated less severely than repeat offenses. A DUI is considered a first time offense if you have had no other DUI charges within the last five years. So, it could technically not be your first offense and still qualify you for the penalties of a first time offense. This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.