DUI Penalties for Prior Convictions

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If you have had a DUI Charge in Atlanta, but have had a prior conviction, you are going to need an Atlanta DUI Attorney who can guide you through this. Atlanta and Georgia Judges are strict when it comes to prior convictions for anything, let alone a prior DUI Charge. The Prosecutor will be just as tough and unwilling to negotiate with you if you are trying do this alone.

The Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) also seeks more stringent license suspension measures for repeat DUI offenders. In order to reinstate a suspended license in these cases certain measures may be required including ignition interlock systems, clinical evaluations, and treatment options for alcohol or drug dependencies. In fact, if you have a second or more DUI in Atlanta, you cannot reinstate your license until you have completed a 17 week treatment program as well as having the ignition interlock device placed on your car.

If you are from another State, you may need to get an ignition interlock waiver in order to restore your drivers license in your home state. If you get a Georgia DUI and you are an out of State Driver, there are different rules that apply to you. Our Georgia DUI Lawyers are trained in dealing with out of State Drivers who are arrested for DUI in Georgia. We are hear to help you any time you need, 365 days a year.

Prior DUI convictions can also lead to “high and aggravated” treatment of misdemeanor charges which present other challenges. High and aggravated misdemeanor charges are generally ineligible for “good time” early release credit during jail sentences. ( no 2 for 1 credit ). That is why it’s important to see if there is a way to keep the DUI off your record or get it reduced to a lessor offense such as reckless driving.

If you or someone you know, has been charged with a DUI in Atlanta, then contact the Howard Law Group ASAP. We understand the process and can help you.