How Long Does a DUI Stay on Your Record in Georgia?
In Georgia, the ‘look back’ period for DUI is 10 years, meaning that any additional offenses during that time will result in increased penalties.
It is every driver’s worst fear to see flashing blue lights in their rearview mirror. It is an even bigger problem if you have had several alcoholic beverages prior to getting behind the wheel or are under the influence of any other type of substance, including prescription medication. Being charged with driving under the influence (DUI) is a serious matter in Georgia that involves potentially severe penalties. One of the ramifications is that these charges will remain on your driving record forever, but may be used against you for 10 years, and in some situations, courts will hold it against you even longer.
The Look Back Period for DUI
Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is responsible for thousands of car accidents and injuries each year. As a result, law enforcement officials in Georgia are aggressive in apprehending offenders, while prosecuting attorneys work hard to make sure these charges stick. Under Section 40-6-391 of the Georgia Code, you can be cited for a DUI if your blood alcohol content (BAC) is over .08% or if you appear to be a “less safe driver”.
If you are convicted of a DUI, the charges will then be visible as part of your driving record. Penalties include:
● Heavy fines and court costs;
● The loss of your driving privileges;
● A clinical drug and alcohol evaluation;
● A DUI alcohol or drug use risk reduction class;
● Community service requirements;
● A period of time on probation; and
● A possible jail sentence.
In addition, the state uses a 10-year ‘look back’ period when it comes to DUI-related offenses. This means that if you are pulled over in the future for driving under the influence, you will be considered a repeat offender and the penalties you face as a result will be even more severe.
The Impact of a DUI on Your Record
In addition to the increased criminal penalties you could face due to having a prior DUI on your driving record, there are other ramifications, as well. For example, your insurance costs will likely increase significantly. If you were charged and placed under arrest, the incident will also appear as part of your criminal record. These are available to the public and to government officials and could show up in a background check, when applying for jobs or positions with non-profit agencies, and when seeking student loans. It can also impact you in family court cases and may be used as evidence of drug or alcohol issues.
Contact Our Gwinnett County DUI Attorneys Today
At Zimmerman & Associates, we provide the strong legal defense you need to avoid a DUI conviction. To request a consultation, contact our Gwinnett County DUI attorneys today.