Children make mistakes- this is a part of learning and growing. But some mistakes can follow a child for the rest of his or her life. For example, an underage DUI can have serious, life-altering consequences. Read on to learn more about underage DUIs in Georgia.

First-Offense Underage DUI Penalties in Georgia

If you are under the age of 21, and you have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .02% or higher, you will most likely receive a DUI. First offense penalties may include:

  • A $300-$1,000 fine
  • Between 24 hours-12 months in jail
  • At least 20 hours of community service

Second-Offense Underage DUI Penalties

If you receive a second underage DUI, you will be treated as a repeat offender. This means that your penalties will increase, including:

  • A potential $600-$1,200 fine
  • Between 72 hours-12 months in jail
  • At least 30 days of community service

Third-Offense Underage DUI Penalties

For a third underage DUI, you will most likely face a “high and aggravated” misdemeanor charge. This is a serious charge and it can result in:

  • A potential $1,000-$5,000 fine
  • Between 15 days-12 months in jail
  • At least 30 days of community service

Fourth-Offense Underage DUI Penalties

A fourth underage DUI can have life-altering consequences. If you receive a fourth-offense underage DUI within 10 years of the first, you will face a felony charge. This can include:

  • A $5,000 fine
  • Between 90 days-5 years of incarceration
  • At least 60 hours of community service

Those under 21 risk losing their driver’s licenses for anywhere between six months and five years, depending on the circumstances of their conviction and whether they have one or more prior DUI convictions.

A DUI charge can impact your future in serious ways. If you are facing charges for an underage DUI, you will need the help of an experienced and dedicated criminal defense attorney. We understand that people make mistakes and we are here to advocate for you. We will explore all avenues of defense- the sooner you reach out, the sooner we can begin building your case. Contact us today to speak with a skilled attorney.

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We at the Miller Law Practice understand that people make mistakes. We are here to fight for you throughout all of your criminal law matters. Do not hesitate to contact our firm today and speak with an experienced and dedicated criminal defense attorney.