In California and the rest of the nation, it’s illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or higher. For drivers under the age of 21, it’s against the law to drive with a BAC of just .01% under California’s “Zero Tolerance” law. Why does California have no tolerance for underage drinking and driving? Here are a few of the main reasons:
- Young people are in the habit of binge drinking.
- Young people don’t know how to handle alcohol as well as adults.
- Young people are inexperienced drivers, and at a higher risk of causing an accident.
- Young people are known for getting into the most accidents even without alcohol.
Essentially, inexperienced drivers and alcohol don’t mix. For this reason, the state has made it illegal for young people to drive with any measurable alcohol in their system. Now that we know that it’s illegal for people under the age to drink and drive, let’s take a look at how an underage DUI affects young people specifically.
DUI and a Young Person’s Future
DUIs affect people of all ages; however, there are specific consequences of an underage DUI that affect young people, specifically how DUIs affect college and careers. For the young driver, a DUI can be a real problem for these reasons:
- A DUI is reported on a driving record for 10 years.
- A DUI causes already high insurance premiums to skyrocket.
- A DUI comes up on employment background checks.
- A DUI can lead to the denial of a college scholarship.
- Not reporting a DUI can lead to being kicked out of a college.
- A DUI can get an athlete kicked off a college sport team.
- A DUI can lead to the denial of a professional license. For example, a DUI can bar someone from getting a nursing license, a notary license, and a real estate license, among others.
- A DUI can affect a career in law, medicine, and teaching.
- A DUI can affect a career in law enforcement.
- A DUI can block someone from getting a security clearance.
- A DUI can affect a military career.
- A DUI with a BAC above .08% can lead to incarceration.
Are you facing underage DUI charges in Orange County? Or, are you a parent whose son or daughter was recently arrested for DUI? In either case, it’s important to fight underage DUI charges. At the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc., our board-certified DUI defense specialist, Virginia Landry can help. Call today for a free case evaluation!