Georgia DUI Law
Facing a DUI conviction can be a stressful and confusing ordeal. During this time is important to understand your rights and the possible penalties you may face if convicted. The following list of laws related to drunk under the influence put forth by the state of Georgia.
A DUI Conviction is Forever
A DUI conviction or plea of "guilty" or nolo contendere will be a permanent part of your driving record and your criminal history. It does not "come off" your record after five (5) years... it never comes off your record. Moreover, a conviction, guilty plea or nolo contendere plea is reported to the Georgia Department of Public Safety, which in turn, reports it to the National Driver's License Registry. These computer records are accessible to driver's licensing agencies nationwide. This is why fighting a DUI case is so important to so many persons charged with this offense.
Special Note to Non-Resident Licensees (Persons Licensed by a State Other than GEORGIA)
Any non-resident driver's home state driver's license agency (DMV, DPS, etc.) will receive a notice from the Georgia Department of Public Safety if any license suspension or case disposition (conviction or nolo contendere plea) occurs in Georgia and the non-resident license is involved. In almost all cases, a nolo plea or a guilty plea or guilty verdict in a criminal case for DUI in the State of Georgia will cause a suspension to occur in the non-resident's home state.
A "not guilty" verdict or other non-DUI disposition of the case through pre-trial negotiations by your attorney will prevent such consequences. Often, an administrative license suspension (which typically occurs before the criminal case is heard) will not cause a suspension of privileges in the non-resident driver's home state.