A person under the age of 21 who is caught driving under the influence in Georgia can face serious consequences. These consequences include a criminal record, license suspension, raised insurance rates, and ineligibility for certain types of financial aid, scholarships, and work-study programs.
In Georgia, for drivers over 21, the blood-alcohol content cut off is 0.08%. In drivers under 21, that amount is lowered to 0.02%. Although DUI is a misdemeanor in most cases, in Georgia, it is a criminal charge and not just a simple traffic ticket. If there is an accident and people are injured, the charges can escalate fairly quickly.
The AJC reports that a teen has been arrested after a wreck in north Georgia killed his passenger and injured others.
19-year-old Max Evans is facing charges of DUI, first-degree homicide by vehicle, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane, and distracted driving.
The charges stem from a crash that occurred shortly after 10 p.m. in Gilmer County.
According to the police, Evans lost control of his vehicle and left the roadway, striking a tree. There were three passengers in Evans’ vehicle, all of whom were ejected. The front-seat passenger, a 19-year-old male, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Two teens, an 18-year-old and a 16-year-old that were riding in the back seat also suffered from injuries in the crash.
The Georgia State Patrol determined that Evans was under the influence of alcohol and he was taken into custody. He is being held in the Gilmer County Jail on a $19,000 bond.
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