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Individuals charged with driving under the influence (DUI) soon know that Georgia takes DUI seriously, weighing each charge with steep fines and potential jail time. In most cases, the individual facing the charges or penalties should expect to have his or her driver’s license suspended or revoked, to pay fines, or even spend time in jail. However, one of the possible penalties that is not widely discussed in Georgia is the use of ignition interlock devices.

What Is an Ignition Interlock Device (IID)?

An ignition interlock device is a device which is installed in a vehicle and requires a driver to submit a breath sample before the ignition will start. The IID tests for traces of alcohol and reports the information back to authorities. If the breath test registers alcohol, then the car won’t start.

What Are the Penalties for DUI in Georgia?

Georgia law is very tough on those who have are accused of a DUI. For individuals charged with a DUI over the age of 21, penalties vary based on circumstance.

Fines

Depending on the number of prior offenses, fines can range from $300 for a first-time offense to up to $5,000 if there are more than three prior offenses.

Incarceration

The possibility of incarceration is increased if there are multiple DUI convictions. For a first-time offense, there is a possibility of up to one year in jail. If there are more than three prior convictions, the individual can be sentenced to up to five years in jail. Additional prison time may be added if there are aggravating circumstances in addition to the DUI, such as the presence of a minor or if someone is killed.

Driver’s License Suspension

There are two forms of driver’s license suspension, known as administrative and judicial. Administrative suspension refers to the immediate confiscation of a driver’s license based on a failed breath test or refusal to take one at the time of a traffic stop. Judicial suspension refers to the suspension or revocation of a driver’s license as ordered by a court as a sentence or plea agreement.

Ignition Interlock Device

An ignition interlock device may be required in conjunction with other penalties, or as an alternative to suspending an individual’s driver’s license. An ignition interlock device is a positive alternative to lengthy suspensions but should not be taken for granted as the device is sensitive and reports the results to authorities.

Alcohol or Drug Treatment

Depending on the situation, many people charged or convicted of DUI are required to attend an alcohol or drug treatment program, commonly called “DUI School” in many areas.

Avoid Strict Penalties with a DUI Defense

Abt Law Firm, LLC aggressively fights for the rights and best outcomes of anyone in Atlanta, and across Georgia, who are facing DUI charges. Our experienced Atlanta DUI Defense Attorney knows how serious the penalties are for DUI convictions and will work diligently to keep your life and livelihood intact. Our office offers free consultations at jails, in our office, or over the telephone. For your convenience, we are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

To fight your DUI charges and get the results you need, contact Abt Law Firm, LLC right away at (678) 582-2272. You do not have to fight a DUI charge alone. We can help!

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