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Multiple DUI Arrests

Protect Against Penalties with an Atlanta DUI Lawyer

Becoming a habitual offender means that you have incurred multiple DUI convictions. The more times you are convicted of driving under the influence, the more severe the consequences become for each consecutive offense. The consequences of a second, third, or fourth DUI offense will be much more serious than a first-time offense, and could result in devastating circumstances for you in the future.

Multiple DUI convictions are considered to be consecutive offenses only if they happen within 5 years of the first offense, however, and for it to be considered a felony, it must be the fourth offense within 10 years. As defined by an Atlanta criminal attorney from Sailers & Associates, the penalties for additional DUI convictions are as follows:

Second Offense Within 5 Years:
  • 90 days to 12 months in jail
  • Up to $1,000 in fines
  • 12 month probation
  • License suspension for up to 3 years
  • 240 hours of community service
  • Mandatory alcohol education courses
  • Ignition interlock device
Third Offense Within 5 Years:
  • 120 days to 12 months in jail
  • Up to $5,000 in fines
  • 12 month probation
  • License suspension for up to 5 years
  • Mandatory community service
  • Ignition interlock device
Fourth & Any Subsequent Offenses Within 10 Years:
  • Becomes a felony offense
  • Between 1 to 5 years in a state prison
  • Up to $5,000 in fines
  • License suspension for up to 5 years
If multiple DUI offenses included other factors like an accident, the presence of passengers, causing serious injury and/or death, property damage, etc., the penalties will also be greatly increased.

Adoption of Zero Tolerance Attitude
Georgia and many other states have adopted a "zero tolerance" attitude toward multiple DUI offenders, and their increasing severity in punishment is indicative of this. Particularly when facing multiple DUI charges, you will need a defense attorney on your side that can provide aggressive legal representation throughout the criminal process. Don't wait to contact an Atlanta DUI lawyer for effective defense when you need it most.

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