As of July 1, 2008, all 4th Georgia DUI charges within a 10 year period are being treated as felony charges under Georgia law.  This means offenders are facing being forever labeled a convicted felon, and dealing with the implications this has on personal and professional life.  The Georgia law now requires, at a minimum:

  1. Imprisonment of 1-5 years
  2. Perform no fewer than 60 days of community service
  3. Serve 5 years on probation, usually reporting at least once a month to a probation officer
  4. Be subjected to random drug and alcohol screens for the probation period
  5. Abstain from the use of alcohol and drugs for the probation period
  6. Attend a 20 hour, in-class Georgia Risk Reduction Program (DUI School)
  7. Pay fines of no less than $1,000.00, not including costs and surcharges
  8. Obtain a Georgia clinical substance abuse evaluation and any recommended treatment

Additionally, if 2 or more of the DUI arrests have come within a 5 year period of time, convictions will lead to driver’s license penalties that will vary from a 1 to 5 year suspension.