An Under 21 DUI (driving under the influence), is a serious offense in the state of Georgia. This crime occurs when an individual under the age of 21 operates a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol or drugs.
Georgia raised its Minimum Legal Drinking Age (MLDA) to 21 in 1986.
If you’re under 21 and you get caught driving under the influence (DUI) in Georgia, the laws can be tough on you. They’re stricter because young drivers are less experienced. Georgia code § 40-6-391 outlines the law and penalties for driving under the influence.
If you’re under 21 and it’s your first DUI offense, there are three situations to consider:
1. If your blood alcohol level (BAC) is between .02 grams and less than .08 grams when tested, you’ll likely lose your license for 6 months with no limited driving permit.
2. If you refuse to take a BAC test, your license could be suspended for 12 months.
3. If the test results are hidden by the court, you may also face a 6-month suspension.
For first-time offenders under 21, these two situations result in a 12-month license suspension:
1. If your BAC is .08 grams or more when tested.
2. If you refuse to take the BAC test.
Nolo Contendere Plea
Sometimes, a young driver might think that pleading “Nolo Contendere” (neither admitting nor denying guilt) will save their license, but that’s not true. Your license can still be suspended if you’re charged with DUI.
Second and Subsequent DUI Charges
If you’re under 21, the penalties for second and subsequent DUI charges are the same as for those over 21.
Impact on Your Future
A DUI conviction when you’re under 21 can harm your driving record. This could create problems when you apply for jobs or try to get credit.
Penalties for Under 21 DUI Conviction
For those under 21, here are the penalties for a DUI conviction in Georgia:
1. BAC limit is 0.02 grams.
2. You could be jailed for 10 days to 12 months.
3. The judge may suspend all but 24 hours of your jail time.
4. You may be put on probation for 12 months (minus any jail time served).
5. You could face a fine of $300 to $1,000.
6. You must do at least 40 hours of community service.
7. You have to attend and complete Drug and Alcohol Risk Reduction School (DUI school).
8. Your driver’s license will be revoked, but after 6 months (and if you meet certain requirements), you can apply to get it back. If your BAC was 0.08 or more, the revocation is for 12 months. For a second or subsequent DUI, it’s also a 12-month revocation, and you must complete DUI school and pay a fine.
Dealing with a Georgia DUI can be tough, especially if you’re under 21. It’s important to get help from an experienced lawyer. At the Law Office of Vic Wiegand, we understand the seriousness of Under 21 DUI charges and the potential life-altering consequences they carry.
An Under 21 DUI conviction in Georgia can have severe consequences that extend beyond the immediate penalties. It is essential for young individuals facing these charges to seek competent legal representation to navigate the legal process effectively.
If you or someone you know is facing Under-21 DUI charges, do not hesitate to reach out to the Law Office of Vic Wiegand for expert guidance and aggressive defense. Get the help you need. Call Today: (770) 886-4646.
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