Penalties for Impaired Driving in the State of Georgia


May 27, 2018

GEORGIA – May 23, 2018 (gahighwaysafety.org) Georgia has specific laws and penalties that apply to impaired drivers, as explained by the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.* 

“Impaired driving” generally refers to someone who is under the influence of drugs or alcohol while operating a motor vehicle. In Georgia, the penalties for someone caught driving while impaired depend on the number of offenses that driver has committed within the last five years. 

Upon the first offense of impaired driving, someone will face a fine between $300 and $1,000, jail time of up to one year, license suspension of up to one year with a $210 license reinstatement fee, and 40 hours of community service.

After the second offense of impaired driving, someone will face a fine between $600 and $1,000, jail time of up to one year with a minimum of 48 hours in jail, license suspension for three years with a $210 license reinstatement fee, and 30 days of community service. In addition, second-time offenders will have to complete a clinical evaluation and possible substance abuse treatment program at their own expense.

In a third offense of impaired driving, someone will face a fine between $1,000 and $5,000, minimum jail time of 15 days, license suspension for five years, and a minimum of 30 days’ community service. In addition, third-time offenders, considered habitual violators, must undergo a clinical evaluation and complete a substance abuse treatment program at their own expense. They will also have to have their name, photo, and address published in the newspaper at their own expense, and their license plates will be seized and sent back to the Department of Motor Vehicles. 

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