Repeat Drunk Drivers in Georgia
Drunk-driving is a crime that carries serious punishment, especially for repeat offenders. Eventually, you can have your driver’s license revoked, pay high fines and spend a significant amount of time behind bars. For this reason, it is important to take DUI prevention seriously and to plan ahead to ensure you have safe transportation if you plan to drink alcoholic beverages away from your home.
Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) for Drunk-Driving
If you are caught driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.8 or higher in Georgia, you will be charged with violating Georgia’s DUI laws. Even if you are able to drive safely after a few drinks, all that is needed to charge you with drunk-driving is a blood alcohol content (BAC) level that is over the legal limit. Determining your level of intoxication can be difficult to do because it is affected by a variety of factors including your weight, food consumption as well as your rate and choice of alcohol consumption. If you are unsure as to whether or not you are safe to drive, it is always best not to get behind the wheel of a car.
Ignition Interlock Device (IID)
In Georgia, you will be required to install an ignition interlock device (IID) on your car for a second DUI offense. An ignition interlock device will require you to give a clean breath sample before starting your car. Additionally, while you are driving your car, you will be required periodically to give a clean breath sample. If alcohol is detected on your breath, your car will be inoperable. During the time that you are required to have an ignition interlock device installed on your car, you will be responsible for the cost of installation as well as any associated monthly fees.
Higher Penalties and Consequences for Repeat DUI Offenders
In Georgia—like all other states—the DUI penalties increase for repeat offenders. Georgia has a ten-year look back period for purposes of its DUI laws. After a third DUI within ten years, you will be considered a habitual violator. As part of your punishment, you will be required to surrender your license plate to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). A fourth DUI within ten years is considered to be a felony, and you can be sentenced to prison for as much as five years.