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DUI Under 21

Zeroing In on Zero Tolerance

Whether you’re an adult or under the legal drinking age of 21, driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs is considered a serious criminal offense. Underage drivers often face the same DUI penalties as adults, which are severe across the United States. From driver’s license suspension or revocation to alcohol education classes and community service, a DUI conviction will have serious consequences.

As a United States citizen, you know that it is illegal in many states for anyone under the age of 21 to consume alcohol. It’s also illegal to drink and drive. So when you combine the two, it’s twice as bad in the eyes of the federal government. That’s why many states have enacted zero tolerance laws. These laws make it legal for a police officer to arrest a minor for driving under the influence if any amount of alcohol is found in their blood stream by a breath, urine or blood test.

In addition to consuming alcohol, it is also illegal for a minor to buy alcohol. Similarly, it’s also illegal for an adult over the age of 21 to buy alcohol for a minor. This is due to an adult responsibility law. These laws have been put into place in many states as a way to deter underage drivers from becoming involved in DUI-related accidents.

Zero tolerance laws get there name from the strict guidelines set up by the federal government involving underage drivers and DUI. For instance, a student caught using a product with alcohol as an ingredient, such as mouthwash, would be subject to the same penalties as a student caught drinking an alcoholic beverage on school property. This is assuming that both students are first-time offenders. Although this may seem like an unfair scenario, the federal government uses these strict guidelines to enforce the overall point of zero tolerance when it comes to minors drinking and driving.

Because of the severity related to DUI laws, it is extremely important to contact an experienced DUI defense attorney right away if you or someone you know has been charged with underage DUI. The sooner you call, the sooner your attorney can start building your defense!

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