Georgia Still Among Toughest States for DUI

Georgia Still Among Toughest States for DUI

Drunk driving is a very real problem in the United States. It not only costs money, but it costs lives as well. In 2015, drunk driving was to blame for just under 30 percent of all vehicle fatalities. Approximately 10,000 people die each year as a result of drunk driving, and the total monies lost is over $40 billion. While drunk-driving related fatalities are down compared to a decade ago, they are still pretty high.

Even though the behavior is a problem across each state, some take a tougher stance on the practice than others. When it comes to penalties for those convicted of drunk driving, Arizona is the toughest, followed by Georgia. Alaska, Kansas and Oklahoma round out the top five. States considered to have the least harsh penalties include Maryland, Idaho, North Dakota, Ohio and South Dakota.

The Newest DUI Penalty Data

WalletHub looked at each state with regards to their enforcement of and penalties for driving under the influence. Here’s some of what they found:

1. You could hire an Uber driver to take you from Philadelphia to Washington, DC for a lower cost than an average DUI fine. When it comes to the average cost of a second DUI, you could travel from New York to Washington, DC.

2. There are 44 states that allow for an automatic license suspension when someone is arrested for DUI, including Georgia. The case does not have to go to court for the accused person to lose their license.

3. In Georgia, and 36 other states, a person convicted of driving under the influence is court-ordered to undergo an alcohol-abuse assessment and/or professional treatment.

4. In some states, a DUI conviction will be removed from a criminal record for six years or more. In five states, DUI convictions are never removed from a criminal record. Georgia is one of the states in which you can never have a DUI expunged.

5. In Georgia, a person faces a minimum of 10 days in jail for a first DUI conviction. The minimum amount of time a person faces for a second conviction is 90 days. The fourth DUI is an automatic felony, and an old DUI will be considered for 10 years in the event of any new DUIs.

6. Conversely, in one of the “easiest” DUI states, South Dakota, there is no minimum jail sentence for a first or second DUI. A third DUI is considered a felony, and an old DUI will have an impact on a new DUI for 10 years.


If you are arrested for driving under the influence in Atlanta, you could have a long fight in your future. Georgia is one of the strictest states for the crime, meaning you need the experience of a knowledgeable DUI attorney on your side. Reach out to Hawkins, Spizman Kilgo today for a free case evaluation. We have years of experience defending cases like yours, and we are ready to put that experience to work for you. Your good name and your livelihood are on the line, and we are here to protect them.

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