Felony DUI

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Felony DUI

URGENT:  If you have been arrested for DUI in Georgia, you have only 30 days to appeal the administrative suspension of your driver’s license or to install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle.  If you fail to act, your license will be suspended.  Do not wait until your license is suspended.  Know your options.  Call me today.

All DUIs are serious and carry with them the possibility of at least some jail time, probation, fines, and suspension of driving privileges.  That said, most DUI cases are charged as Misdemeanor offenses.  That means that they carry a maximum sentence of one year, which may be served either in jail or on probation.  However, there are certain circumstances under which a DUI or DUI-related charge can be charged as a Felony offense, which means that the minimum sentence is one year.  These are:

  • A fourth DUI in a 10 year period,
  • Child Endangerment, in certain circumstances,
  • Serious Injury by Vehicle predicated upon a DUI, and
  • Vehicular Homicide predicated upon a DUI.

A Fourth or Subsequent DUI in a 10-Year Period

A person who is charged with his or her fourth or subsequent DUI within a 10 year period will be facing Felony DUI charges.  The Georgia DUI law requires judges to sentence those convicted of a 4th or subsequent DUI in 10 years to at least 90 days in jail, although many judges will be inclined to sentence a repeat offender to much more than 90 days.  The maximum prison time a judge can require for a Felony DUI is 5 years.