Georgia law is exceptionally strict in regard to persons under the age of 21 who are arrested on possession, DUI, or drug charges. A driver under the age of 21 can be arrested for DUI if his or her blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is 0.02% or more within 3 hours of driving, which significantly lower than the blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% needed to charge a person of legal drinking age.Under 21 drivers who are convicted of DUI will face a license suspension of 6 months if their BAC was under 0.08% or if they refused to submit to a state-administered chemical test.
If your BAC was 0.08% or higher, the license suspension period is 12 months and there is no opportunity to obtain a limited-use driving permit or early reinstatement for drivers under 21. Additionally, the driver could lose their license if they are arrested for a related alcohol offense or traffic violation, such as those described by the Georgia Department of Driver Services.The maximum penalty for a minor in possession charge is a $300 fine and 6 months in jail; however, a skilled DUI defense attorney may be able to negotiate a dismissal of the charge in lieu of community service, completion of a clinical evaluation or drug and alcohol class, a fine, or a combination of other potential alternatives.
If the charge is dismissed, it is possible the charge can also be expunged (permanently removed) from the criminal record, and the driver will be able to retain their license.Having any alcohol or drug related convictions on your criminal record can drastically affect your future if you are under the age of 21, especially when you begin the application process for college and financial aid. Unfortunately, offenses made as a minor can impact your life as an adult, and you could have trouble securing employment or certain professional licenses.
With the representation of an experienced DUI defense team, you can challenge these charges and fight to protect your future.Our team has over 18 years of experience, and we have provided successful defense in more than 4,600 cases. Under 21 DUI charges can be complex, so we will thoroughly investigate the circumstances surrounding the arrest and ensure your rights were not violated at any time. We will build a compelling defense of the allegations made against you and seek to have your charges dropped or lessened. By enlisting the relentless advocacy of The Law Offices of Richard S. Lawson, you can be confident that your case will receive nothing less than exceptional, effective defense. Call today!