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DUI Under 21 Years Old Teenage DUI in Georgia

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Are you under the age of 21 and have received a DUI in Georgia?

Are you a teenager and have received a DUI in Georgia?

This website is designed to give you valuable information regarding DUI and the penalties one faces for even a first time DUI offense. These implications become even steeper for someone under the age of 21 who is charged with DUI. Georgia residents are aware that 21 is the legal drinking age in the state. No person under the age of 21 should be drinking at all, and no teenager should be drinking and driving. Drivers under the age of 21 face a much lower legal BAC limit. You can read weekly updates on DUI Law on the Georgia DUI Information Blog.

Georgia DUI Attorney Richard Lawson has been helping teenager and people under the age of 21 with their DUI cases for almost 20 yearsHe started his career as a Georgia DUI Prosecutor and now devotes his life to defending people under the age of 21 with their DUI cases.  Your defense begins with a 10 Day Letter or you will lose your drivers license. The 10 day letter is essential, it requests your Georgia ALS Hearing.

10 Day Warning!!

The legal limit for someone under the age of 21 is .02 in Georgia.  You only have 10 days for the date of your arrest for your Georgia DUI Lawyer to file an appeal of your drivers license suspension.  Your Georgia DUI Attorney will file it for you as well as the $150 filing fee.  If the hearing request is not filed, your license will be suspended.  In the case of a refusal, the suspension can be for as much as a year.  Act now and have your hearing request filed. Otherwise you will not qualify for a permit to drive for even attending school or going to work.

Whereas for over 21 the limit is .08, for persons under 21 years of age, the limit is .02. Lawmakers have had to factor in some leeway for variables like mouthwash or gum which can occasionally show up on an alcohol breath test. The driver's license suspension penalties are very stringent for underage drivers 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.

The consequences can also include having a criminal record for the rest of your life.  The stakes are high an the law can be stacked against you.  You may not have even been under the influence of alcohol but are still charged with DUI in Georgia. This is why these cases need special attention. It's easy to recommend a guilty plea, as most lawyer do.  It's hard work to find defenses to cases where our clients many not actually be impaired yet are charged with technical violations of the DUI laws. You can be charged with DUI, as an under 21 driver, while not being impaired or drunk.

What if I was not actually drunk?

The biggest challenge in DUI cases involving people under the age of 21 is the fact that many young people charged are not actually impaired.  Since the legal limit is only .02, we find many young people charged with DUI without the "UI," without being under the influence.  This is a tremendous challenge because these young people are charged with a crime that can potentially stay with them for the rest of their lives.  Quite frankly, its not fair.  Our Georgia DUI Lawyers are trained to look for defenses.  Our Georgia DUI Attorneys are trained to look for alternatives. 

We have had many cases where the driver under the age of 21 was just over .02 and completely sober, yet they are charged with DUI. Has then been just a few months older they never would have been charged.  It is truly a technical violation of the Georgia DUI Law.  Worse yet, some of those drivers were charged with Felony Vehicular Homicide or Felony Serious Injury by Vehicle because of a technical violation of the Georgia DUI Law.  It's hard to imagine or legislature making someone a convicted felon for life while not being impaired.  Yet, that is what we have in Georgia today.

The challenge is they are technically guilty of the DUI Laws in Georgia while not actually impaired in any way. A more fair charge would be minor in possession of alcohol ( MIP ).  The key is to not give up, and show the prosecutor that our clients deserve an alternative punishment.  Sometimes it means taking a case to trial and asking a jury to disregard the law because it is simply not fair to make someone a criminal for the rest of their life when they were actually not under the influence of alcohol.

The Stakes Are High When Charged With DUI and You are Under the Age of 21:

An even greater challenge is that when young, you are most likely unsure of your career and educational goals. A DUI conviction may serve as an eliminator for many options that you may not even have considered. A DUI conviction on your record can also harm your chances of obtaining opportunities at certain prestigious graduate and professional schools. Also, employers are more likely to hire someone without a DUI versus an equally qualified person with a DUI on their record.

We are living in a time where no one seems to get a second chance.  I get calls every day from people in their 20s and 30s who want me to re-open or look at cases that were closed years ago.  They ask me about expunging their records or sealing their records.  Their prior DUI's are preventing them from getting a job or seeking an opportunity.  I have to unfortunately tell those callers that there is nothing that can be done now.

If you are charged with DUI or DUI as a person under the age of 21, you must fight your case now.  You must hire the best DUI lawyer now.  You must defend your Georgia DUI case now.  You need to seek the best counsel and fight your case while it's still pending.  Your case will not defend itself.  Time is of the essence and your case needs attention today, not years later when you cannot be helped.

There is Hope if You are Under the Age of 21 and Charged with DUI in Georgia:

Our team of DUI lawyers can help you work through your charges and understand what you are facing. We can help you build a defense and bring your case through the trial process as well as filing motions on your behalf aimed to dismiss or reduce charges. If you are under 21 and are facing DUI charges, or if you are the parent or guardian of a young person facing DUI charges, let our Georgia DUI lawyers help make sense of it all. Call us anytime and we'll answer your questions. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including nights and weekends.

Our Attorneys

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    Richard Lawson

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Recent Case Results

  • Client is a business professional who was charged with DUI, failure to maintain her lane and open container. She took a breath test and blew above the legal limit. The client's case was reduced to reckless driving allowing her to keep full driving privileges. She served no additional jail time. C... Read On

  • Client is a police officer.  He was charged with DUI and refused the State breath test. His case was reduced to reckless driving and he received non-reporting probation upon completion of the terms of his sentence.  Read On

  • Client is a nurse. She was charged with DUI which a conviction for would have had great repercussions on her career and possibly her nursing license. The client's case was reduced to reckless driving and her driving privileges remained undisturbed.  Read On


  • First DUI...Thank you again Richard Lawson!

    I got my DUI 3 months ago, I can say that Richard Lawson has helped me more than I would expect from any attorney. He kept me driving and got me the minimum outcome. Every time I contacted him, his response time was instantaneous and every question was always clearly answered. Read On

  • Hire Richard if you need help !! I'm glad I did

    Richard supported me for 2 cases. One was a DUI in which I was informed of a variety of options based on my case. We chose the best ultimate outcome and Richard helped me get the best deal. The second case was more serious and was related to a marijuana posession case with additional charges. This was very worrisome to me based on the potentially very serious penalties. He listened to my side of the story and helped to fashion the right approach. In the end, Richard managed to negotiate a much reduced charge with minimal penalties which enabled me to keep my job and avoid all the serious consequences. I recommend Richard very highly and would call him again if I needed legal representation. Read On

  • Kimberly Berry is a hard working, honest, future saving, SUPERIOR Attorney!

    Our teenager went off to College (August 2012) with a "You don't have to worry about me, I will not get into trouble, I know what I'm doing" attitude. Two MIP's within the first three months and a citation four months later, proved that attitude wrong. After we had a "come to Jesus" discussion with our "know it all" college student, took away pretty much all privileges, and issued a required repayment plan, we then had to find an attorney. Kimberly was a Godsend. We were contacted in less than five minutes of sending an SOS email and she gave us her cell phone number to call at anytime, day or night with any questions or concerns. I have never heard of an attorney that would give out their cell number or allow to you call them anytime. She promptly returned phone calls and emails. She took care of everything, explained all options, advised us, dealt with DA's, judges, clerks, and eased our worries. Kimberly went above and beyond what we expected, kept us constantly informed, delayed the cases to our benefit, and worked tirelessly to save our teen's future. All of which was included in her initial fee! There were no added fees, no minute by minute charges, no paperwork charges, no charges for phone conversations, etc., that most all other attorneys require. I find this miraculous, because we got so much more than our moneys worth - if we calculated all of her hard work, emails, phone calls, court dates, etc., I just do not see how she can charge so little for everything! She is worth so much more. Kimberly is truly amazing!! Our teen now has a clean, clear record for the future, thank God, learned some very hard life lessons, found out parents are right in most things, growing up is not easy, and now is on the right track for success. The bad choices that were made in the first year of college will be erased, and the future is bright again because of Kimberly's successful strategy. I never do reviews, but I had to in this situation, because we are SO thankful that Kimberly represented our teen. No one could have done any better. We have dealt with other attorneys in our business, paid outrageous, ridiculous, overpriced fees by the minute, and never, ever felt they were working for our best interest. Kimberly is so different than all other attorneys. She does care, she works hard, she is honest, always in touch, and absolutely the BEST attorney you could ever have. We are not exaggerating, we were not asked to do a recommendation, we are doing this with sincere gratitude from the bottom of our hearts. Read On

Choosing the Best DUI Lawyer


When you are arrested for DUI in Georgia, finding the right Lawyer is Job #1. At the Law Offices of Richard S. Lawson we will investigate your case and find the best possible legal defense to your DUI in Georgia. You are in good hands with Richard Lawson and his associates. We will work tirelessly to help you while compassionately holding your hand throughout the entire DUI Defense Process.

Georgia DUI Defense Attorneys

At the Law Office of Richard S. Lawson, we have offices conveniently located throughout metro Atlanta and throughout Georgia. If we do not have a convenient office, we will come to you. We practice throughout Metro Atlanta and North Georgia. If your case is in an area we do not serve, we will find you an attorney in your area free of charge. Our office is part of a State-wide network of Georgia DUI Lawyers. Contact us 24/7 for immediate legal help. Our attorneys are standing by. Your DUI Case will not defend itself. Your Best Georgia DUI Defense Begins Here!