What Does Zero Tolerance Mean in Georgia?
Driving after consuming any amount of alcohol presents a risk to you personally, and everyone else on the road. It’s in your best interests to avoid drinking and driving altogether, but you know know our State’s DUI laws regardless.
Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) and Zero Tolerance
If you are 21+, the maximum BAC you can have is .08%. However, if you are under 21 the BAC limit is just .02%, which means you could have consumed very little alcohol and still be charged with a DUI. It should also be noted that a DUI is likely not the only charge you will be facing, some of these charges could include minor in possession, fake id charges, and more. The best plan of action is to wait until you are 21 to consume any alcohol, and definitely do not get behind the wheel of a vehicle.
The reason the legal limit is so low for minors in Georgia is because our state has what’s called a Zero Tolerance policy towards underage drinking. The enforcement and penalties are strict to attempt to keep anyone underage from consuming alcohol, and particularly consuming alcohol and driving. Georgia prosecutors are vigilant and are unlikely to cut deals with people charged with underage DUI.
Any DUI can have severe consequences, but an underage DUI can be particularly harmful to your present and your future. Criminally, you can face jail time, probation, expensive fees and fines, community service, and more. You also can lose your driving license.
On top of the penalties levied on you by the State, you may also face societal stigmas and be fired from your job and find it difficult to acquire future employment. Additionally, if your school is informed of your arrest you could face severe academic punishment from your college or university.
What Should You Do If You Are Charged With An Underage DUI?
First, don’t panic. There are experienced attorneys who are here to help you. The faster you contact our attorneys, the better. Start by requesting free consultation with our attorneys, in your consultation we will review all the aspects of your case to ensure we provide you with an aggressive defense.
An aggressive defense is vital to preventing the worst consequences of a DUI arrest. Jason Slider has the skills and experience needed to ensure the best possible outcome from your first time DUI case. He has tried DUI cases for more than 13 years and has spent time as a state prosecutor as well as a defense lawyer. As a result, he knows the ins and outs of the system, and where the prosecution’s case is the weakest. Jason will use those weaknesses to get you the best possible outcome for your case. Contact Jason Slider today for a free consultation.