It is not uncommon for younger drivers to believe they have attained the experience necessary to perform well behind the wheel under any circumstance. From challenging weather to distracted drivers, we find that younger drivers face a greater risk than their more experienced counterparts. Unfortunately, this enhanced confidence also carries over into illegal activities. Underage drivers face significant penalties if they are charged with a DUI.
Georgia law enforcement has a zero tolerance policy for underage DUI and the offense becomes a double punishment. The driver is not only punished for operating the vehicle while impaired, he or she will also face the consequences of alcohol consumption under the age of 21.
While other factors might increase the penalties, for a first offense underage drivers will typically face consequences such as:
- License suspension for a duration based on BAC
- A $210 fee
- DUI Alcohol or Drug Risk Reduction Program and all associated costs
The severity of penalties can increase with each successive offense to include additional fines, possible jail time and increased car insurance rates. Drivers might also face the attachment of an ignition interlock device for a period of time.
While DUI and other traffic offenses might seem like it’s easier to pay the fine and simply accept the court’s punishment, it is wise to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney. Depending on the situation and your driving history, it might be possible to get the charges reduced. One mistake can lead to a severe blemish on an otherwise perfect record. Let a defense firm provide the guidance you need.