Underage DUI in Metro Atlanta and North Georgia
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The Dickerson Firm is your DUI firm whether you are facing a standard DUI
charge or an underage DUI charge. The firm is dedicated to working on
all the DUI cases their clients bring to them throughout Atlanta, Canton,
and Marietta. Speak with The Dickerson Firm to resolve your DUI case in
metro Atlanta with a lawyer who understands.
Underage DUI Laws
It is illegal to drive or be in actual physical control of a moving vehicle
anywhere in the state of Georgia with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC)
of.08% or more. For drivers under 21 years old, the BAC threshold is much
lower at .02%.
Georgia has implied consent laws that automatically assume a driver’s
submission to state administered chemical tests of blood, breath, urine,
or other bodily substances for the purpose of determining the influence
of alcohol or drugs. Underage drivers who refuse the test will have their
licenses suspended for a minimum of 1 year. Refusal to submit to blood
or urine testing may also be offered into evidence against the individual
at trial. Note that underage drivers who refuse chemical testing may still
incur a DUI-less-safe charge, which criminalizes driving while impaired
to the extent that it is less safe for an individual to drive, regardless of age.
Penalties and Sentencing
A first-offense DUI is a misdemeanor with fines from $300-$1,000 for a
first-time offense, 24 hours to 12 months in jail, and a minimum of 20
hours of community service. Underage drivers convicted of a per se DUI
are required to complete their community service within 60 days of sentencing.
Note that Georgia law provides some special sentencing for underage DUI
offenders. If the judge allows it, the first-time underage DUI offender
can serve any required jail time on the weekends or during non-working hours.
A second DUI conviction within a 10-year period is a misdemeanor carrying
$600-$1,000 in fines, 72 hours to 12 months jail time, and at least 30
days of community service. A third DUI conviction within a 10-year period
is a “high and aggravated” misdemeanor leading to $1,000-$5,000
in fines, 15 days to 12 months in jail, and at least 30 days of community service.
In general, a fourth DUI conviction within a 10-year period is a high and
aggravated misdemeanor that carries $1,000-$5,000 in fines, 90 days to
5 years imprisonment, and at least 60 days of community service.
Underage drivers convicted of DUI will lose their driver’s license
for a minimum of 6 months with no special work or school permit available.
Suspensions for multiple offenders can last anywhere from 18 months to
5 years. The length of the suspension and the requirements for reinstatement
vary based on the defendant’s driving history and the offense for
which they were suspended.
Also note that all DUI offenders, including underage drivers, are required
to complete a “DUI Alcohol or Drug Use Risk Reduction Program,”
and a clinical evaluation for alcohol and drug dependency.
Looking for Legal Support? Call
If you or your child are facing underage DUI charges in Georgia, contact
a lawyer immediately to represent you in court. The Dickerson Firm has
handled numerous DUIs throughout Atlanta, Kennesaw, and Marietta, and
they can put their knowledge to use in your or your child’s defense.
Contact The Dickerson Firm to schedule your free initial consultation today. Call (678) 903-1336 or submit an online contact form here.