When you hear of someone receiving a driving under the influence (DUI)
charge, you may automatically assume that the person is over the age of 21. While DUI may be commonly associated with individuals over the legal drinking age, it is important to note that if you are under 21 and unable to legally drink, you are not exempt from charges associated with DUI.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), alcohol is the most frequently abused substance among today’s youth with over 4,700 annual deaths related to underage drunk driving. In Georgia, those over 21 found driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC)
of .08 percent is considered DUI and at a minimum can face fines, jail time, suspended license, community service and possible probation. For underage drinkers, the BAC is much lower with penalties that are different than for those over the legal drinking age. Anyone under the age of 21 driving with a registered BAC level of .02 percent can be cited for a DUI.
The penalties associated with an under 21 DUI depends on your BAC level. For those who register below
.08 percent on the state’s breath test
, a fine must be paid, your driver’s license is suspended for six months with no limited permit and you must complete a minimum of 20 hours of community service. If you register above
.08 percent, a minimum jail sentence of 24 hours must be served, you will lose your license for a full year with no limited permit, must complete a 40 hour minimum of community service as well as pay a fine up to $1,000.
If you are suspected of DUI and are under the legal drinking age, it is important to remember the 4 simple rules for underage drivers: be polite, never admit to the number of drinks consumed, do not submit to field sobriety tests
and refuse the required chemical test as one drink could put you over the legal limit. If you are arrested for under 21 DUI in Georgia, it is imperative that you hire an experienced DUI and traffic lawyer with a high success rate on contested cases to represent you.
With over 30 years of practice experience, attorney Mickey Roberts
has success defending his DUI clients and is recognized by judges and peers as a leading DUI Defense lawyer in the State of Georgia. If you require legal representation for under 21 DUI or any other traffic offense, contact MRGADUI
attorney today. Be sure to follow MrGaDUI on Facebook
for more information on Georgia traffic laws.