According to NHTSA, young drivers are at a higher risk of death in an alcohol-related crash than anyone else. Among the young drivers involved in crashes in 2006, 33% who were killed in the crashes had been drinking. Various laws have been enacted to prevent the dangers of underage DUI.
Zero Tolerance Laws
Under the Zero Tolerance Law, it is illegal for drivers under the age of 21 to operate a vehicle under the influence of alcohol with a blood alcohol content of 0.02 or more. Apart from risks of health and safety posed by underage drinking and driving, underage DUI offenses can greatly influence the future of young drivers. An early DUI conviction can have a negative impact on the future of the convict.
Penalties for Underage DUI may include:
- License suspension for 30 days to a year or more
- Impoundment of the driver’s vehicle
- Jail time ranging from one day, to several years for multiple offenses
- Community service
- Attendance at DUI School
- Fines ranging from hundreds to thousands of dollars
- Juvenile detention
These penalties may be enhanced based on some aggravating circumstances, such as driving on a suspended license, or being a multiple offender. It is important to consider hiring a DUI attorney to reduce or dismiss the charges.
Contact DUI Attorney Reuven J. Epstein
If you or a loved one has been charged with an underage DUI offense, Attorney Reuven J. Epstein can help you. At The Law Office of Reuven J. Epstein, we will evaluate all factors as we try to have the charges dismissed or reduced. We will listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and keep you informed about your case.
We serve clients in Rockland and Orange County.