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The potential consequences of an underage DUI in Georgia

On Behalf of | May 19, 2023 | Drunk Driving |

Driving under the influence (DUI) is a serious offense that poses significant risks to drivers, passengers, and innocent bystanders. When it comes to underage individuals, the consequences of a DUI can be even more severe. 

In Georgia, where strict laws are in place to combat drunk driving, the repercussions for underage DUI offenses are particularly severe. 

Legal consequences

Georgia has a zero-tolerance policy for underage drinking and driving. For individuals under the age of 21, a blood alcohol content of .02% or above while operating a vehicle can lead to a DUI charge. The legal consequences include fines, license suspension, mandatory alcohol education programs, community service, probation and even imprisonment. 

Education and employment

A DUI on your record, especially young, can severely affect your education and employment prospects. Many colleges and universities may deny admission or revoke scholarships due to a DUI conviction. Furthermore, prospective employers often conduct background checks, and a DUI conviction can significantly hinder an individual’s chances of securing employment or advancing in their career just through negative associations.

Financial consequences

Underage DUI convictions in Georgia can result in substantial financial burdens. Apart from fines and legal fees, there are other expenses to consider, such as increased insurance premiums and the cost of attending mandatory alcohol education programs. Additionally, if a vehicle is impounded during the arrest, the underage driver must pay for its release.

Personal and emotional impacts

An underage DUI conviction’s personal and emotional impact cannot be overlooked. Guilt, shame and regret are common feelings experienced by individuals who have caused harm to themselves or others due to drunk driving. These experiences can have long-term psychological effects and impact self-esteem and mental well-being.

Choosing to drink and drive is a grave mistake, especially for underage individuals in Georgia. The potential consequences of an underage DUI can extend far beyond the immediate legal repercussions. If you are charged with DUI, knowing your legal rights and options is important.