The penalties for impaired driving in the state of Georgia escalate if you have a second conviction.

Of immediate concern to you is a driver’s license suspension of three years, but there are several other penalties to worry about.

Penalties for a second offense

If the court convicts you of driving under the influence of alcohol for the second time, you stand to lose your driving privileges for three years. Furthermore, while time behind bars is possible for a first DUI offense, a second offender must spend at least 48 hours in jail. That could stretch to one year, depending on the circumstances behind your arrest. You will pay between $600 and $1,000 in fines and participate in a minimum of 30 days’ community service. You must also undergo a clinical evaluation, which could lead to mandatory attendance in a substance abuse treatment program.

About the IID

The court requires the installation of an ignition interlock device in the vehicle of anyone with a second or subsequent impaired driving offense within five years. The IID is a breath testing device that measures your blood alcohol content level and attaches to the wiring in your car. If testing shows no alcohol in your system, the vehicle will start; otherwise, you will not be able to drive until you are alcohol-free.

Remember your rights

An arrest on suspicion of DUI is unnerving, and afterward, it is important for you to receive good advice and guidance. Remember that you have rights. A thorough investigation may show that law enforcement handled your arrest improperly, and you should expect the best outcome possible for your case.