Programs for repeat DUI offenders in Georgia
Treatment as an alternative to incarceration
You face harsh consequences if you are convicted of driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI). Repeat offenses increase the potential penalties — including longer jail sentences, heavier fines, stricter probation terms and felonies on your arrest records.
If you have been charged with a second or third DUI, you may have options available that can mitigate the devastating DUI sentencing structures typical in habitual offender cases. Cobb County DUI court provides an alternative to traditional prosecution for individuals who have multiple DUI convictions on their records. The program is designed to encourage rehabilitation through treatment, counseling, enhanced supervision and community support.
Our criminal defense lawyers at Gentry, Smith, Dettmering, Morgan, Schnatmeier & Collins, LLP have more than 80 years of experience in DUI defense. We served as prosecutors and since entering private defense practice, we became thoroughly familiar with the alternative sentencing opportunities available to defendants. Using our extensive criminal law background, we can help you obtain the best possible outcome in your DUI case. We steer your case toward the DUI courts if the program offers you the chance to eliminate or diminish jail time.
Requirements and procedures for admittance into DUI court
Our Marietta and Atlanta attorneys conduct an evaluation of your case to determine whether you are eligible for the program. Basic requirements include:
- You have received your second DUI within five years or your third in your lifetime
- You are a resident of Cobb County
- You are at least 17 years old
- There is no indication of alcohol or drug abuse or dependence
- You do not have a violent felony offense on your record
- There are no existing out–of–state warrants
- There are no U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Enforcement (ICE) immigration holds
To qualify for DUI court, the judge and prosecutor must approve your referral. Our DUI lawyers assist you in completing your application packet, which we will submit to the court to initiate a preliminary assessment. Ultimately, a special DUI Court Team makes the decision about whether to admit you to the program based in large part on the information we present in your application.