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Georgia law requires stiff penalties after a conviction for a DUI including jail time, supervised probation, large fines, suspension of your driver's license, ignition interlock device, alcohol evaluation and treatment, and community service. Many of these penalties are mandatory. This means the judge in your case must impose a certain level of punishment if you are convicted, regardless of the facts of your case.

If you are convicted, the indirect costs of a DUI can follow you for years. The price of your insurance coverage will increase. You may be prevented from purchasing insurance altogether. Employment can be harder to find and keep with a DUI on your record. If you drive for a living, a DUI can destroy your career altogether.

The penalties for a DUI grow increasingly more severe with each arrest and conviction for DUI. People with multiple DUI's often face increased jail time, larger fines, and extensive periods of license suspension. If you have one or more prior DUI's on your record it is critical to make sure you understand the seriousness of the potential penalties you face.

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