Georgia DUI law is different for drivers who are under 21 years old. This guild goes over some of those differences.
Georgia DUI (Under 21)
Under Georgia law any person under the age of 21 can be charged with DUI if his or her blood alcohol concentration is 0.02 grams percent or more within 3 hours of driving, whether or not you were actually impaired or a less safe driver.
Drivers Under the Age of 21 Charged with DUI throughout Georgia:
The same sentencing requirements apply to drivers under the age of 21 at the time of conviction, with the following exceptions. If a driver's BAC was lower than 0.08 grams or you refused to take the State test, the judge can sentence you to as few as 20 hours of community service and no jail time is required, but the judge may order jail time at his or her discretion given the circumstances of your case.
Impact On Drivers License of a Georgia DUI (Under 21)
The driver's license suspension penalties are very stringent for underage drivers under the age of 21, and such drivers are facing the same or greater possible consequences in regard to jail time, fines, probation, community service, and rehabilitation classes than do over 21 drivers in Georgia.
For license suspension purposes, the look-back period to determine the number of prior convictions is only 5 years. The license suspension for a first DUI conviction in Georgia is 12 months, but if you complete DUI school and pay a reinstatement fee you will be eligible for early reinstatement after 120 days. If you are 21 years old or older, you can apply for a limited use driving permit for the duration of the license suspension that will allow you to drive to work, school, substance abuse counseling, DUI school, for medical care and treatment purposes, to pharmacies to drop off or pick up prescriptions, court appearances, probation appointments, and community service. If an immediate family member is unlicensed, you can drive them to work, school, medical care, and to pharmacies to drop off and pick up prescriptions.
For drivers under the age of 21, if your blood alcohol concentration was less than 0.08 grams or you refused to submit to the State-administered breath test, the license suspension period is 6 months. If your BAC was 0.08 grams or more, the license suspension period is 12 months. No limited-use driving permit or early reinstatement is available to any driver under the age of 21.
For convictions of DUI drugs, the license suspension is a "hard" license suspension, meaning no limited use permit is available for the entire period of suspension. If you were also charged with any other drug-related offenses, those charges may also carry license suspensions that will run consecutive to any active license suspension already on your record.
For drivers under the age of 21 who are convicted of DUI, if your blood alcohol concentration was less that 0.08 grams percent, the test results were suppressed, or if you refused to submit to the State-administered breath test, the license suspension period is 6 months. If your BAC was 0.08 grams percent or more, the license suspension period is 12 months. No limited use driving permit or early reinstatement is available to any driver under the age of 21. If this was your first DUI conviction, but your driver's license had previously been suspended due to an offense requiring a mandatory suspension such as hit & run, reckless driving, or any offense for which four or more points are assessable, the suspension period after a DUI conviction will be 12 months regardless of whether you submitted to a test or your blood alcohol level.
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