How Severe are Drunk Driving Charges for Minors?

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Driving while intoxicated is a very serious offense. Driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) level of 0.08 percent or higher is considered a crime. Additionally, those underage are convicted of an infraction as a zero-tolerance offense if they have a BAC level of 0.02 percent or higher. Depending on the state, the minimum BAC level percentage can be lower than 0.02. Almost every state follows the zero-tolerance policy for minors when it comes to underage drinking and driving. Minors must also realize that obtaining a driving under the influence (DUI) charge may damage their educational and employment opportunities. Any minor who has been charged with DUI is not going to be let off with a warning, rather, the consequences may be harsher due to the severity of the situation. Following the charge, minors must submit a breathalyzer or preliminary alcohol screening test. They are subject to suspension for 12 months if the minor refuses to participate in these tests. Additional charges may be issued as well. The types of offenses can vary from underage consumption and attempting to purchase and possession of a fake identification. Following these charges, the minor will be faced with fines, court costs to cover any hearings, and a mandatory incense suspension. Upon going to court, the minor will be given charges. All charges and fines are unique to each case. In terms of driving privileges, they can be suspended for up to three years. Fines can range from $100 to $2,500, and the car will be impounded upon arrest. Minors can also face jail time. Other fees and community service may be mandatory. Officers can add on several other chargers when they arrest a minor for drunk driving. These charges may include child endangerment and soliciting alcohol from an adult. Minors can also be charged with possession of fake identification.

Punishments Made by Parents

Aside from the typical punishments, parents will likely partake in taking away the car, driving privileges, and assigning a curfew. Parents are able to enroll their children in programs that are mandatory because they are minors. Sometimes, a program will be required anyway after a court hearing.

If you or your child has a DUI charge, our South Jersey DUI lawyers at Agre & St. John can help. Minors who have DUI charges need strong legal representation. Call us at 856-454-8674 or contact us online to schedule an initial consultation. Located in Haddonfield, New Jersey, we serve clients throughout South Jersey, including Burlington County, Camden County, Gloucester County, and Salem County.

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