For Georgia DUI attorneys, defending an underage client often presents a unique challenge. That’s because Georgia is a “zero tolerance” state in terms of drivers who are charged with DUI and are below the legal drinking age. Because consuming any amount of alcohol is illegal, driving with any measurable amount is considered a violation of Georgia DUI laws.
Many underage arrests for DUI and related offense are made by a municipal or city police officer. The attorneys at Hawkins Spizman Fortas represent underage defendants charged with DUI and underage possession of alcohol in many municipal courts throughout Georgia. For example, if your case is in Alpharetta, as Alpharetta DUI attorneys we like to point out that even within that “zero-tolerance” policy, there are some exceptions. Georgia DUI law states that the “legal limit” for drivers under the age of 21 is .02 (rather than the .08 limit for over 21 drivers). This is because the breathalyzer testing machines that law enforcement officers use have a .02 margin of error. Additionally, Georgia DUI law mandates that two separate breath tests must be administered, and those two results must be within that margin for either or both of them to be admissible in court.
Of course, the best way to get a proper evaluation for your case if you are charged with underage DUI or minor in possession in Gwinnett County, is to visit a Lawrenceville DUI lawyer at Hawkins Spizman Fortas and have them evaluate the circumstances of the arrest and the accompanying test results.