1st DUI Penalties in Georgia
If you are facing a first DUI charge in Georgia, understanding the penalties of a DUI conviction may help you determine what you would like to do with your DUI case. There are some types of charges that simply do not merit going all out to fight a case. For some people, a DUI charge may be one of those types of criminal charges. In order to decide whether you would like to retain a DUI lawyer that is an expert in the defense of DUI cases and potentially retain the services of field sobriety or chemical testing expert witnesses, you want to have an understanding of what you will face if you are convicted.
The first thing that you must do if you are trying to determine what the penalties will be if you are convicted of a DUI is to determine what the statutory minimum penalties are if you are convicted of the DUI charge. The statutory mandatory minimum penalties are assessed according to whether the DUI conviction is the 1st within the last 10 years. The 10-year look back period is measured from date of arrest for the prior conviction to the date of arrest for the current DUI.