Penalties for DUI in Georgia

DUI is one of the most serious misdemeanor offenses in Georgia.  Like other misdemeanors, a first or second DUI conviction is punishable by up to 12 months in jail and a $1,000 fine. David Abbot, McDonough DUI Lawyer, understands that these penalties and charges are stressful, and he will defend you in court to avoid a conviction.


The “best case scenario” if you plead guilty to DUI is:

  • A criminal conviction  that cannot be expunged
  • Twelve months of probation
  • A fine and court costs of roughly $1,000
  • Probation and other fees totaling an additional $700+
  • 40 hours of community service
  • Mandatory License Suspension


The only way to avoid the mandatory license suspension is to beat your DUI charge with an experienced defense attorney. McDonough’s DUI lawyer, David Abbott, helps clients avoid license suspension, either by getting the prosecutor to reduce the DUI to a different charge or by winning at trial.


Many First Time DUI Defendants Serve Substantial Jail Time.

Some DUIs can even be considered a felony in McDonough and surrounding areas. Trust David Abbott to help you avoid a serious conviction.

In the State Court of Henry County, DUI sentences are based upon the DUI Grids.”  First time DUI defendants who were involved in an accident or had a very high breath test reading often serve up to 10 days in jail.  Even those defendants who plead guilty to “garden variety” first time DUIs are usually required to serve 24 hours in jail.  While the DUI grids are the single best predictor of a DUI sentence, they are merely advisory. David Abbott is available for counsel throughout McDonough DUI charges, sentencing, and other stages of the defense process. Defendants who present strong mitigating evidence can receive lower sentence.  Effective legal representation from a McDonough DUI defense lawyer like David Abbott is critical if you hope to “beat the grids.”

In Henry County, sentences of 30 to 90 days in jail are common for repeat DUIs are common.  These can be reduced though not eliminated through substantial evidence of rehabilitation. McDonough DUI charges carry hefty penalties, but an experienced defense attorney such as David Abbott can mean the difference between acquittal and sentencing.


Atlanta DUIs carry less jail time than comparable DUIs in Henry County, but the license and career consequences are identical.

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Criminal defense matters are time sensitive, and they are not to be taken lightly. While it is helpful to read the information you'll find here, and elsewhere on the internet, there is no substitution to speaking with a professional attorney about the specifics of your case.


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