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The Act, known as Heidi's Law, changes several sections of the Georgia Code to impose more severe penalties and restrictions on persons convicted of driving under the influence of intoxicating substances (DUI). The Act increases the minimum and maximum sentences for convictions of homicide or serious injury by vehicle arising from certain types of Code violations. The Act also provides for a period of probation for persons convicted of DUI and sentenced to prison for less than twelve months. Further, the Act prohibits anyone convicted of a second DUI from driving a motor vehicle without an automobile ignition interlocking device (IID) for a six- month period. Finally, the Act frees judges from bail restriction schedules and provides them with the discretionary power to set bail or release defendants in homicide by vehicle cases.

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