Driving under the influence accusations, allegations and charges are always serious, however, they can be especially serious for young people facing underage drinking charges. In Georgia, the blood alcohol content level to be considered as driving under the influence is 0.08. For drivers under the age of 21, the blood alcohol content level to be considered as driving under the influence is lowered to 0.02.
The penalties and consequences for underage drinking and driving in Georgia can be harsh. Accusations, allegations and charges of underage drunk driving can lead to fines, the loss of a license, community service and a criminal record. In addition, accused individuals who refuse a breath test can lose their license for a lengthy period of time.
As is true for any individual facing criminal charges, it is important to be aware that there are different possibilities and options available to defend against criminal charges. Each individual accused of a crime has the right to defend against the charges they are facing and to ensure their rights are protected throughout the process. In circumstances when an accused individual's rights have been violated, it may be possible to present those circumstances as a defense to the charges they are facing. Violations of an accused individual's rights, or police procedures designed to protect those rights, may, in some circumstances, invalidate evidence alleged against an accused individual.
Based on the circumstances, it may be possible to negotiate to reduce either the charges the accused individual is facing or the penalties the accused individual is facing. Underage drunk driving charges can create a significant disruption in the life of a young person facing them that can impact the individual's present and future which is why it is important to be familiar with defense options when facing underage drunk driving charges.