Penalties

Please click on the navigation tabs to the left of your screen for a general description of the criminal and license penalties that you face for your particular circumstance.

Each jurisdiction sentences DUI offenders differently and there are even variations among judges within each county.  For example, some judges favor DUI Court (a special long-term treatment associated court) while other judges prefer to sentence multiple offenders to longer jail sentences. Other judges favor shorter periods of incarceration followed by longer periods of house arrest with an alcohol monitor to ensure that defendants are not consuming alcohol.

It is important to hire a lawyer that is familiar with the personalities and propensities of all the DUI officers, judges, and prosecutors involved in your case.  The Ryczek Firm has a more than thirty years of combined experience navigating DUI cases through the Gwinnett, Hall, Barrow, Fulton, and City of Atlanta court systems.  We can use our experience to help navigate your case through the court systems.

Georgia has chosen to use the Intoxilyzer 5000 machine to test motorists’ breath when they are arrested for DUI.  Regardless of whether you are arrested in Lawrenceville, Atlanta, Duluth, or Alpharetta, you will be tested on the Intoxilyzer 5000 machine.  These machines are out of date and are scheduled to be replaced.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation Department of Forensic Sciences (GBIDOFS) admits that there are sources of error plaguing the Georgia Intoxilyzer 5000 used to analyze DUI suspects’ breath.  Although the GBI DOFS concedes that limitations and sources of error cause problems in obtaining valid breath results, the agency trains DUI police officers to use Intoxilyzer 5000 results against motorists without respecting the simple procedures designed to protect against the sources of error.

Not everyone arrested for DUI is guilty.  The Ryczek Firm is familiar with the problems and limitations with the Intoxilyzer 5000, and we are dedicated to challenging the State to prove that they have obtained accurate results in every case.