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Traffic Citations & DUI

Speeding Tickets and Other Traffic Citations

Speeding tickets and other traffic citations may not seem like a big deal, but they can put a huge dent in your wallet. Hefty fines and increased insurance premiums will likely result if you do not hire a local experienced attorney. At Batten & Batten, we work hard to either get your charges dismissed or reduced so that no points are issued against your driver's license. Our attorneys are experienced at handling the following types of traffic citations:

  • Speeding Offenses
  • Aggressive and Reckless Driving
  • Open Container of an Alcoholic Beverage While Driving
  • Violation of Child Safety Restraint
  • Violation of Usage of Wireless Telecommunications Device
  • Operating Vehicle While Text Messaging
  • Violation of "Move Over" Law
  • Improper Turn or Passing
  • Driving While License Suspended or Revoked (Regular and Commercial)
  • All other Moving Traffic Violations

Driving Under the Influence

As with traffic citations, a DUI charge can have serious implications. The legal blood-alcohol concentration limit in Georgia must be less than 0.02 (if under 21), 0.08 (if 21 or older), and 0.04 (if commercial driver) grams. For a first-time conviction, you could be looking at a fine up to $1,000.00. Furthermore, you could be facing a lengthy period of probation, and even potential jail time. A DUI conviction could have even broader implications. For example, if you have been divorced or are going through a divorce, a DUI conviction can have a serious impact on the determination of custody.

What are the penalties for a DUI in Georgia?

  1st Offense 2nd Offense 3rd Offense 4th Offense

Jail Time

24 hours to 1 year

3 days to 1 year

15 days to 1 year

 1 to 5 years

Fines and Penalties

$300 to $1,000

$600 to $1,000

$1,000 to $5,000

$1,000 to $5,000

License Suspension

Up to 1 year

3 years

5 years

Indefinitely

IID** Required

No

Yes - if court
allows

Yes

Yes

* Chart adapted from http://dui.drivinglaws.org/georgia.php

An explanation of Georgia's Point System can be found on our blog post here. Our attorneys are knowledgeable about the intricacies of coastal Georgia counties, judges, and solicitors, and are happy to represent you for these matters.

Emphasis on Communication

It is our goal to ensure clients are informed about what is going on throughout the duration of their case. As such, we put an emphasis on communication. We offer extended hours on mornings, evenings, and weekends to better serve client needs.

Free Initial Consultation

Our attorneys work hard to develop customized, effective strategies tailored to your needs and do not charge for an initial consultation. Clients can count on us to offer supportive and compassionate representation from the beginning of their case until their resolutions.