If convicted of a 3rd Georgia DUI arrest in the past 10 years, you are facing the harshest of misdemeanor crime punishments.  Additionally, if your arrests fall within a 5 year window you will be facing being declared a habitual violator, losing your driver’s license for five years and facing other implications of being a habitual violator.  A third DUI, whether during the 5 or 10 year look back window carries punishments to include:

  1. Serve a minimum of 15 days of actual incarceration (usually 30-180 days)
  2. Perform at least 240 hours of community service (30 days)
  3. Serve 12 months on probation, typically reporting at least monthly, sometimes more
  4. Be subjected to random drug and alcohol screens for the probation period
  5. Abstain from the use of alcohol and drugs during the probation period
  6. Attend a 20 hour, in class Georgia Risk Reduction Program (DUI School)
  7. Pay fines of $1,000-$5,000, which cannot be reduced
  8. Complete a clinical evaluation by Georgia approved facility, and any recommended treatment
  9. Picture and DUI arrest information published in local paper (2nd in 5 years)

Driving Implications (if 3 within 5 years)

  1. 5 year Georgia driver’s license revocation
  2. 6 months with ignition interlock device installed on all vehicles you own or drive if issued a hardship permit after a minimum 2 year suspension
  3. Surrender all vehicle tags to Georgia Department of Driver Services for min. of 12 months

While these are the mandatory minimums, courts often impose far higher punishments on drivers facing a third DUI charge, even if the prior offenses were about to ‘age off’ of the 10 year look back window.  Treatment will almost always be necessary, as well as significant jail time above the minimum 15 days.  Additionally, since a third DUI is a misdemeanor of a high and aggravated nature, the fines will almost always top the minimum $1,000.00 threshold.