When it comes time to ring in the New Year, a lot of people go all out on the party. The refreshments alone can be staggeringly expensive, but do you know anyone who spends $20,000 on alcohol? You will if you get pulled over for a DUI after the party. In Georgia, a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of 0.08 grams or more promises jail time, bail, fines, fees and insurance-rate increases even if your actions did not harm anyone.
Each year in Georgia, there are about 200,000 DUI arrests and the five metropolitan areas account for 20,000 of those. Considering how densely populated those metropolitan areas are, it should come as no surprise that 12,000 people end up dying per year from car crashes involving drunk drivers in Georgia. To put an end to these needless deaths, Georgia law has become steadily stricter on DUI offenses. Some prosecuting attorneys are under strict orders to take DUIs to trial.
This has resulted in strict fines and penalties that include:
- Fines: Costing anywhere from $300 – $5,000. Depending on your offense and if there have been any other arrests in the past.
- License reinstatement fees: Costing $210 – $410. If you are convicted of a DUI in Georgia, you can expect to face several fees to secure the reinstatement of your driver's license. After you have completed a state-certified risk reduction program, which costs $287, you can reinstate your Georgia driver's license for a fee of $210 – $410.
- Alcohol education and treatment: Costing $500 – $4,000 for basic treatment. If you are convicted, you usually have to go through an education or treatment program, especially if your license has been suspended.
- Bail: Costing $150 – $2,500. The cost of your DUI arrest depends on how many offenses you've had and your blood alcohol level.
- Atlanta DUI attorney fees: Costing $2,000- $25,000. Some lawyers charge as little as $1,500 for a quick plea but with so much at stake, many people choose to fight the charge.
- Insurance: Costing $4,500 or more. One of the biggest hits a drunken driver takes is in their insurance premium. A DUI will likely affect insurance rates for three to five years. Rates can double, triple or ever quadruple which causes some companies to classify the policy as “high-risk.”
And these are just the obvious costs of a DUI. There are many other costs people don't anticipate. For instance, a DUI arrest can result loss of a job, create problems at home, lead to discouragement, and could even lead to public embarrassment if the arrest is published or posted on the web.
When the ball drops on this year's celebration, drink responsibly or make sure you have alternate transportation set up beforehand.
What can I do If I've been arrested for a DUI?
If you have been arrested for a DUI over the holidays you need to act now. You have 10 business days to save your license, and you're going to need an experienced Atlanta DUI attorney to help. We have the knowledge needed to help you reduce your fines, or even have your DUI case dismissed. Don't let your holidays cost over $20,000 call the Don Turner Legal Team now!