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Was your teenager pulled over for drunk driving? Now what?

On Behalf of | Aug 4, 2021 | Drunk Driving

Parents of Visalia area teenagers know that their children don’t always make the best decisions. In fact, it may seem like they are constantly defying their parent’s rules and pushing the limits. Luckily most of the trouble teenagers get into are minor offenses but if a teen has been arrested for underage drinking and driving there can be major consequences.

California has a zero tolerance law for juvenile underage drivers. Those under the age of 21 who drive with a BAC of .01 or more can face penalties.

BAC of less than .05

If an underage driver has a BAC of less than .05 they can face the following penalties:

  • Suspension of driver’s license

BAC of .05 or higher

If an underage driver has a BAC of .05 or higher they can face the following penalties”

  • Driver’s license suspension
  • Fine
  • Mandatory alcohol education program if driver is at least 18

BAC of .08 or higher

A BAC of .08 or higher is a standard DUI. This will be a misdemeanor on a person’s record with penalties that may include:

  • License suspension
  • Summary probation
  • Fines of up to $1,000
  • Jail time
  • Alcohol/drug education program

If someone was hurt in an accident or subsequent DWIs can bring additional penalties.

A legal professional who is skilled in criminal defense knows what is on the line for underage drivers facing a DWI charge. They understand that these young people have their whole lives in front of them and will fight hard to make sure their future is not ruined because of a simple mistake.

 

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John Patrick Ryan has been practicing law for over 20 years. Experienced in criminal law. U.S. Navy Veteran.