If you or your child is younger than 21 and has been charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI) there can be serious consequences. The defendant’s legal rights need to be defended.
Underage drinking is a common problem nationwide. A 2011 survey of high school students by the federal Centers for Disease Control found,
- 39% drank alcohol in the prior thirty days,
- 8% drove after drinking, and
- 24% had been passengers in vehicles driven by a teenager who had been drinking.
For those under the age of 21 drinking alcohol is illegal, just as drinking and driving is illegal. The state has a zero tolerance policy for underage drinkers and drivers. There are tough penalties for a driver under 21 years of age convicted of DWI.
- A driver younger than 21 found driving with a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of 0.01% or more can be charged with DWI.
- Underage drivers whose BAC is higher than 0.05% can be charged with an underage DWI offense as well as a regular DWI charge that applies to all drivers.
- There are no mandatory punishments below 0.08%, except if the driver is older than 18 and has a 0.05% or above BAC.
- A driver’s license can be suspended for one year for the first offense, two or three years if there are multiple DWI convictions.
A conviction can also result in higher insurance premiums, make it more difficult to obtain a job and could make prevent being accepted to college or joining the military.
With every DWI case there are many possible legal issues and defenses. If you or your child face an underage DWI charge, you need one of DWI.co.com’s experienced DWI defense attorney by your side. Contact us for a consultation today.