Getting a DUI or driving under the influence conviction in Georgia can have severe consequences, including the suspension or revocation of your driver’s license.
How long you will lose your license depends on several factors, including your number of DUIs.
First DUI offense
According to the Georgia Office of Highway Safety, if the courts convict you of a first-time DUI offense, your driver’s license is typically suspended for at least 12 months. However, you might be eligible for a limited driving permit after serving a part of your suspension. This permit allows you to drive to work, school and other essential places during your suspension period.
Second DUI offense
For a second DUI offense within ten years of the first, the license suspension period increases to a minimum of 18 months. Just like with a first offense, you can receive a limited driving permit.
Third DUI offense
A third DUI offense within ten years of the previous convictions leads to a minimum 5-year license suspension. After serving a portion of the suspension period, you may be able to obtain a limited driving permit.
Fourth DUI offense or more
They may revoke your driver’s license if the courts convict you of a fourth or subsequent DUI offense within ten years. Revocation means the complete loss of your driving privileges, and a limited driving permit is not guaranteed.
Refusal to take a chemical test
Refusing a chemical test during a DUI arrest can result in a license suspension for up to one year for a first refusal, three years for a second refusal within five years and five years for a third refusal within five years.
Before risking a DUI, understand the potential penalties and consequences of a DUI conviction. Additionally, consider alternative transportation options and make responsible choices to avoid the risks associated with impaired driving.