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Underage DUI

In effect as of July 1, 1997, The Teenage and Adult Driver Responsibility Act establishes Zero Tolerance as the DUI standard for drivers between the ages of 15 and 21. A driver under 21 is driving under the influence under Georgia law if their blood alcohol concentration is 0.02 grams or greater.

  • You can be charged with driving or being in control of a vehicle (§40-6-391) or (§52-7-12) watercraft under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or other intoxicating substances.
  • Under the influence of alcohol to the extent that it is less safe for the person to drive
  • Under the influence of any drug to the extent that it is less safe for the person to drive
  • Under the intentional influence of any glue, aerosol, or other toxic vapor to the extent that it is less safe for the person to drive
  • Under the combined influence of any two or more of the substances above to the extent that it is less safe for the person to drive
  • Alcohol concentration is 0.02 grams or more at any time within three hours after such driving or being in actual physical control, or
  • Any amount of marijuana or a controlled substance (§16-13-21) present in the blood or urine, including the metabolites and derivatives of each or both without regard to whether or not any alcohol is present in the person’s breath or blood.
  • Being under the influence of drugs can include medication for which you have a prescription but has warnings not to drive or operate machinery due to the effects of the medication.
Standard Penalties: Under 21 DUI Blood Alcohol Content of 0.02% Through 0.07%

First Offense

  • Loss of license for 6 months, with no re-instatement prior to the end of the revocation period
  • Complete the Driver’s Risk Reduction Program
  • No nolo contendere plea
  • 20 hours of community service to begin within 60 days of sentencing
  • Re-take driver’s test
  • Loss of ability to obtain next Graduated License for 12 months

Second Offense

  • Loss of license for 12 months, with no re-instatement prior to the end of the revocation period
  • Complete the Driver’s Risk Reduction Program
  • No nolo contendere plea
  • 40 hours of community service to begin within 60 days of sentencing
  • Re-take driver’s test
  • Loss of ability to obtain next Graduated License for 12 months
Blood Alcohol Content of 0.08% or Higher

First Offense

Penalties are the same as they are for a First Offense with Blood Alcohol Content of 0.02% to 0.07% except:

  • Loss of license for 12 months, with no re-instatement prior to the end of the revocation period
  • Mandatory 24 hours of jail time, to be served upon conviction*

Second Offense

Penalties are the same as they are for a Second Offense with Blood Alcohol Content of 0.02% to 0.07% except:

  • Mandatory 24 hours of jail time, to be served upon conviction*

*If the offender is under the jurisdiction of the Juvenile Court due to age, the sentence will be served at a Youth Development Center if one is available in the offender’s county of residence. If one is not available, then the sentence will be served in the custody of the Sheriff. In all cases, the offender will be separated from the main prison population.

Contact Our Atlanta, Georgia DUI Attorneys Today

The penalties for a DUI at any age can follow you for years. If you or a family member is facing a DUI conviction, you need the services of a skilled DUI defense attorney. The criminal defense attorneys with the Don Turner Legal Team have years of experience representing clients charged with DUI. Call our law office today for a free consultation and find out how our DUI lawyers can help you.

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