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Everything You Need to Know About Underage DUI

As per California’s “zero tolerance” law, anyone under the age of 21 is prohibited from consuming any amount of alcohol and driving. Teens and young adults are in violation of the law whenever they do so.

If an underage driver has consumed alcohol and gets behind the wheel of a motor vehicle, they face penalties if they have any measurable amount of alcohol in their system.

For example, drivers 21 and over are legally intoxicated if they have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or higher, but for young drivers, if their BAC is just .01%, their driver’s license will be suspended automatically, whereas an older driver with a similar BAC may be allowed to drive away without incident.

Underage DUI Carries Serious Consequences

Any person under the legal drinking age with a BAC over .01% is considered to be driving under the influence. An underage driver may face the following charges for their DUI, especially if they have a BAC that registers .08% or higher. In that case, the young driver would face the same penalties as an adult DUI.

Possible penalties for an underage DUI:

Aside from the legal penalties, a driver may also have their insurance drop their policy or increase the monthly premium by $100 or more.

An underage DUI may also affect a person's ability to get into college or stay enrolled in a university. A DUI must be listed on college applications, which can affect a college's decision to admit the student. If a student receives a DUI while they are enrolled, they may also face any penalty that the school requires as well as legal ramifications.

If a juvenile is charged with a crime for other offenses, it is likely that they will receive a lighter sentence, but an underage driver charged with a DUI faces strict and far-reaching consequences. For those that have been accused of driving under the influence while underage, having an aggressive DUI attorney can help prevent one mistake from following a person for the rest of their lives.

Facing underage DUI charges? For the aggressive defense representation your situation demands, contact the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. to talk to one of OC’s top DUI attorneys for free!