Metro Atlanta and North Georgia Underage DUI Attorney
The Dickerson Firm – DUI and Drug Defense Attorneys Serving Atlanta,
Marietta, Canton, and the North Georgia Mountains
The Dickerson Firm – DUI and Drug Defense Attorneys 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 one of our
DUI and Drug Crime attorneys 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's Implied Consent Laws
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.
What are the Penalties for an Underage DUI?
If you are convicted of an Underage DUI, you could be facing the following
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.
How Long Will Your License Be Suspended for an Underage DUI?
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.
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If you or your child are facing underage DUI charges in Georgia, contact
a lawyer immediately to represent you in court. The Dickerson Firm –
DUI and Drug Defense Attorneys has handled numerous DUIs throughout Atlanta,
Kennesaw, and Marietta, and they can put their knowledge to use in your
or your child’s defense.
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