The state of Georgia is very strict in imposing penalties against those who drive while they are under the influence (DUI). This is because it is illegal for anyone to do so, especially those who are not legally able to drink in the first place. When a driver under the age of 21 receives a DUI charge, they can face serious consequences that can impact them for the rest of their life. It is because of this that they should retain the services of an experienced Georgia criminal defense attorney for assistance with their case.
Generally, drivers can be charged with a DUI if their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is 0.08% or more. For those underage the age of 21, the threshold is much lower. Because they are not legally allowed to drink to begin with, the BAC limit is dropped down to 0.02%. It does not matter if the driver is impaired, they can still be charged because it is illegal for them to drink at all.
The consequences that an underage driver may face for a DUI can vary depending on certain factors regarding their case. This includes if they have any prior DUI convictions. The penalties an individual may face in these situations can include the following:
Underage drivers convicted of a DUI can lose their driver’s license for a minimum of six months. This is with no school or work permit available to them. Suspensions for those with multiple offenses can last from 18 months to five years.
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