One of the most disheartening aspects of being charged with a DUI in Atlanta is learning about the consequences you could face. The law was created to emphasize the state's firm stance on drunk driving and as a result, drivers will be faced with jail time even for a first offense. Other penalties include a range (based on the circumstances of the offense and the offender) of fines, community service, clinical evaluation/counseling, risk reduction programs (DUI School), the installation of an ignition interlock device and driver's license suspension. These punishments vary greatly depending on the circumstances of the driver and the offense itself. This section presents summarized information about the punishments you could face for varying levels of offenses, punishments you could face if you have special circumstances (such as drivers under the age of 21 or those driving with a commercial license) and what to expect from certain punishments (such as how an ignition interlock device works and what to expect at DUI school). Please don't be overwhelmed when you read about these consequences. Every case is unique. If you would like a clear picture of the consequences you could face, please call me so we can go over the details of what happened to you and determine how we can best work together to minimize the degree to which this arrest will disrupt your life.