Ignition Interlock Laws in Georgia
When you are arrested for a DUI in Georgia your license can be suspended in two different ways:
- Administrative This only happens if you fail a breath test, or refuse to take one, in which case your license will be confiscated immediately
- Judicial. This occurs when you are sentenced by a court after a trial or plea agreement. Penalties include license suspension, jail time, community service hours. You might have to have an ignition interlock installed and undergo alcohol treatment
- You must attend to both administrative and judicial actions. Even if you are not convicted in court of a DUI offense, your administrative suspension can still be in effect. How you handle your administrative case can also have a bearing on your court-imposed penalties.
- You will receive a 10-day temporary license from your arresting officer. During this time you can request a hearing to challenge your suspension. If you do not, or if your challenge is unsuccessful, your license will automatically be suspended for one year. You can request a temporary license after 30 days. This will allow you do drive provided you have an ignition interlock installed.
|Situation||Fine||Possible Jail Time||License Suspension|
|1st Offense||Up to $1,000||Up to 6 months||90 - 180 days|
|2nd Offense||Up to $2,000||10 days to 1 year||1 year|
|3rd offense||Up to $5,000||30 days to 5 years||Up to 5 years|
- Additional penalties apply for offenders under the age of 21