All of my clients arrested for DUI for the first time seem to have one thing in common: the trauma associated with being arrested, handcuffed, and taken to jail for four to twelve hours before release after bonding. Even a first DUI conviction, with license suspension, minimal jail time, 40 hours of community service and so forth, can be time consuming, embarrassing, and a hassle.
Multiply this by 100 times and you will get the level of trauma associated with a second DUI conviction. In Georgia, license suspensions are determined by how many DUI convictions one has received in a 5 year period. For minimum sentence purposes, Georgia looks at how many DUI convictions one has had in a 10 year period.
Here are 10 good reasons to avoid a 2nd DUI conviction, whether in a 5 year or a 10 year period:
- The minimum jail time is three days, although most jurisdictions give between 10 and 120 days incarceration.
- A minimum sentence of 240 hours community service is given for second DUI convictions.
- Completion of a DUI school, a 20-hour class costing around $300, is required before your license can be reinstated.
- A minimum fine of $600 is assessed. Again, most courts do not sentence you to a minimum fine; most fines end up being in excess of $1000.
- A clinical alcohol and drug evaluation must be completed, along with any recommended treatment. This can be anywhere from an outpatient program to an inpatient program, and can also include AA meetings; this is also required before any limited permit is available or license reinstatement.
- A second DUI conviction also requires the installation of an Interlock Ignition Device (IID) on any car you drive, as a prerequisite for a limited permit and license reinstatement. IIDs cost money to install, maintain, and remove.
- Tag forfeiture on any car titled in your name
- Your photo, along with notice of the DUI conviction, will be published in the local legal newspaper.
- Possible sentence to a DUI court program, a 12 -24 month program involving weekly meetings and group meetings with the DUI court judge.
- A total of 18 months of either no driving or limited driving: license suspension for at least 120 days with no driving; followed by possibly 12 months of limited driving with the Interlock Device (IID) and 2 more months of limited driving with no IID.
So as you can see, if you are charged with a second DUI, it is imperative to hire an experienced DUI lawyer who knows the law and defends DUI cases. For over 33 years, Atlanta DUI attorney Mickey Roberts has been aggressively fighting DUI cases with a success rate of 98% on contested cases. If you find yourself facing a second or multiple DUIs, you owe it to yourself to at least talk with MrGaDUI. You can also connect with Mickey on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.