DUI officers in Gwinnett County arrest a lot of drivers. Gwinnett law enforcement officers also charge a lot of young people with drug and alcohol related offenses, particularly popular are Minor in the Possession of Alcohol charges - commonly referred to as MIP - as well as underage consumption of alcohol. Simple possession of less than one ounce of marijuana is a frequent charge made by Gwinnett County police officers as well. If the arrested person is under the age of 17, they are a juvenile, and will be prosecuted for these crimes in the juvenile court of Gwinnett County. Juvenile Court can be great - it will keep a conviction off the record - but for traffic related offenses like juvenile DUI - the conviction may still show up on a drivers history. In addition, juvenile detention time, probation, fines, classes, and treatment may also be required. For those 17 and older (but under the age of 21), you will be in the regular adult court system of Gwinnett County, but will face tough punishments for being under age and a conviction will mean that the MIP or DUI will be on your history forever.
Often, young offenders have the most to lose by having a DUI or MIP conviction. If you or your child are facing an underage DUI or a MIP / underage consumption charge, call our Gwinnett County DUI lawyers today to discuss your case and your options. Our lawyers help clients get the best possible results on their alcohol and drug related charges in Gwinnett County and know the special circumstances and requirements that young offenders face. Call our Gwinnett DUI and Gwinnett MIP lawyers today.