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Underage drunk driving laws in Georgia

Although it's normal for young people to experiment with alcohol, it's also against the law. As a result, numerous Georgia residents find themselves facing underage alcohol-related charges, including underage DUI and underage consumption and possession.

That said, every person accused of these charges will have the opportunity to defend him- or herself in court. In some cases, the young person can improve these legal situations significantly -- either by getting charges dropped or dismissed, or by getting a reduction in punishments in the event of a conviction.

What does the law say in Georgia about underage DUI?

Both underage alcohol possession and underage drinking and driving will affect a young person's ability to drive in the state of Georgia. Our state has enacted what are called Zero Tolerance Laws, which means that an underage person could face a DUI conviction if he or she has only minuscule traces of alcohol in his or her bloodstream.

Here's what Georgia law says about underage drinking and underage drinking and driving:

Underage drinking and driving law: Georgia's underage drinking law states: "A person under the age of 21 shall not drive or be in actual physical control of any moving vehicle while the person's alcohol concentration is 0.02 grams or more at any time within three hours after such driving..."

Driving after an underage possession conviction: Georgia has a "use/lose statute" that revokes a young person's driving privileges after an underage consumption/possession conviction.

Penalties for underage DUI: Penalties for an underage driving conviction in Georgia for first-time offenders include mandatory alcohol risk reduction program participation, as much as $1,000 in fines, as many as 12 months in prison and as many as 40 hours of community service.

Other negative consequences: An underage DUI conviction could also interfere with a young person's admission into university and his or her ability to receive financial aid. It could also affect the convicted person's ability to gain employment in certain occupations.

Plan your underage DUI defense wisely

An underage alcohol conviction can have seriously negative consequences on a young person's life. Therefore, it's important for young people to take a reasoned and strategic approach to their defenses against underage DUI.

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