How Much Does A DUI Cost in Georgia?

Posted by Richard Lawson | Aug 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

As a Cherokee County DUI Lawyer, I know that when discussing how much a DUI costs, many people think of court costs, fines, and fees. However, the price of a DUI in Georgia is not limited to these immediate out of pocket expenses. The consequences of a DUI conviction in Georgia include opportunity costs, such as with employment, the time value of money, and increases in your insurance premium.

Immediate Out of Pocket Expenses

A typical DUI in Georgia is considered to be a misdemeanor. Misdemeanors carry up to 12 months imprisonment and a fine of up to $1,000. But this $1,000 is a base fine that will be assessed with each ticket associated with a person's DUI charge. For example, if you are charged with DUI, Speeding, Reckless Driving, and Failure to Maintain Lane, you are facing a base fine of up to $4,000 and 48 months in jail. One way that a qualified attorney can keep the costs associated with a DUI lower is to limit the number of offenses to which a person pleads guilty.

Opportunity Costs

Until someone directly loses a job, they cannot completely know the opportunity cost associated with a DUI conviction. Many employers will not hire someone with a DUI charge because there is a perception that receiving a DUI demonstrates a character flaw. I do not agree with this line of thinking – a DUI is not a crime of moral turpitude and does not necessarily show one's character.

Additionally, many government certificates may be delayed when a person is convicted of a DUI. It may affect a person's military career and will prevent you from having top-secret security clearance.

Further, many employers provide a vehicle to their employees. If an employee has a DUI, however, the car cannot be insured. Most car rental companies will similarly not rent to those with DUI convictions.

Finally, a few countries will not allow people with DUI convictions to travel there. For example, Canada considers DUI a felony and will not allow someone convicted to visit for ten years.

Time Value of Money

The basic calculation after a DUI conviction is not promising. A busy professional taking time to attend court, complete community service, attend DUI classes, and attend court-mandated counseling sessions will undoubtedly require a great deal of unpaid time.

A good example of the time value cost of a DUI can be seen in community service. The typical professional may earn $30 an hour. As a result of community service, a professional is providing free labor instead of doing their job.

Practice Note

When considering what a DUI in Georgia will cost, it is best to instead look for ways to avoid one in the first place. Have a designated driver, take Uber, or consume only one or two drinks when you know you will be driving. As a Cherokee County DUI Attorney, I know that DUIs are preventable. If you have been charged with a DUI in Cherokee County, call us today. We are here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

About the Author

Richard Lawson

Richard S. Lawson is passionate about intoxicated driving defense. Unlike some attorneys, Mr. Lawson devotes 100% of his legal practice to helping people stand up for their rights against DUI charges. For more than 20 years, Mr. Lawson has dutifully fought for his clients' freedom, resolving more 4,900 impaired driving cases during the course of his career. Today, Mr. Lawson has developed a reputation as a skilled negotiator and continues to help clients by fighting to keep them out of jail.


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