Underage DUI and Minor in Possession Charges

Posted by Richard Lawson | May 21, 2011 | 0 Comments

In Georgia, drivers of all ages are charged with DUI.  Typically, if a defendant in criminal or traffic case is less than 17 years of age, his or her case falls under the jurisdiction of the juvenile court.  The juvenile court functions a lot like adult court except that a juvenile does not get convicted. Instead, it is a juvenile adjudication and after two years following the completion of the sentence, the offender can petition to have his or her record sealed.  Cases that are typically heard in juvenile court for young offenders include DUI, minor in possession of alcohol, marijuana possession, possession of drug related objects, public drunk, disorderly conduct, affray, criminal trespass, and shoplifting. 

For drivers aged 17 and over, but under the age of 21, your case will be handled in the regular state or municipal court.  However, the standard for an unlawful blood alcohol level is only a .02 as opposed to a .08 that is needed to support a per se DUI offense for an offender aged 21 and over.  In addition, drivers under 21, as well as those convicted of any marijuana or drug offense, face suspensions of their Georgia driving privileges in which there is no temporary or limited driving permits available. 

If you or a loved one is under 21 and facing charges related to DUI, minor in possession, or marijuana and drug offenses, call the law offices of Richard Lawson today for a free consultation.  Mr. Lawson has experience working with young offenders and helping them get the best possible outcomes. 

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Richard Lawson

Richard S. Lawson is passionate about intoxicated driving defense. Unlike some attorneys, Mr. Lawson devotes 100% of his legal practice to helping people stand up for their rights against DUI charges. For more than 20 years, Mr. Lawson has dutifully fought for his clients' freedom, resolving more 4,900 impaired driving cases during the course of his career. Today, Mr. Lawson has developed a reputation as a skilled negotiator and continues to help clients by fighting to keep them out of jail.


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