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Under 21 DUI Penalties in Georgia

This is simply a summary of the range of punishment available to the judge in setting the sentence for a DUI offense.  These penalties apply only to drivers under the age of 21 years.

A person under the age of 21 years cannot enter a plea of nolo contendere to a DUI offense.  A nolo contendere plea would ordinarily offer some advantages with regard to answering whether you have ever been plead or found guilty of a crime.

IMPORTANT:  The license of a person convicted of or pleading to DUI under the age of 21 will not merely be suspended, it will be REVOKED.

1st DUI in Five Years
Jail Time     ................................................ 10 days - 12 months
On a first offense all jail time can be suspended or probated.  Any jail time not suspended or probated can only be served in a county jail and then segregated from all persons who are not also charged with DUI under 21.
Mandatory fine .................................................. $300-1000
Community Service ...................................... 40 hrs (must be completed within 60 days)

2nd DUI in Five Years
Jail Time ......................................................... 90 days-12 months
On a second offense all jail time except for 48 hours can be suspended or probated.  Any jail time not suspended or probated can only be served in a county jail and then segregated from all persons who are not also charged with DUI under 21.
Mandatory fine .................................................. $600-1000
Community Service .......................................... 80 hrs (must be completed within 60 days)


3rd DUI in Five Years
Jail Time........................................................ 120 days-12 months
On a third offense all jail time except for 10 days can be         suspended or probated.  Any jail time not suspended or probated can only be served in a county jail and then segregated from all person who are not alsocharged with DUI under 21.
Mandatory fine ................................................. $1000-5000
Community Service ........................................... 20 days

Following a third DUI in five years you will be declared to be a habitual violator.  Your license will be suspended for five years.  It will be a felony for you to drive during that period unless you obtain a probationary license which can only be obtained after two years of no offenses.

These sentencing ranges do not include the amounts that you will have to pay to have your license restored administratively which includes DUI Driving Courses, drug and alcohol counseling, and reinstatement fees.  It certainly doesn't include the amounts that your insurance will go up if you plead or are convicted.

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