If you are facing underage drunk driving charges, or your child is in this position, you need to understand what is at stake and prepare accordingly. Every case is different and a host of factors can influence the outcome of a DUI case.
Each year, many young drivers have their license suspended as a result of these cases, which carry other repercussions as well. For example, a young driver charged with DUI could face challenges related to their employment and education.
The legal limit and underage DUI charges
According to the Florida Legislature, the legal limit for drivers under the age of 21 is .02. As a result, a teen driver stopped by a law enforcement official could face drunk driving charges even if a law enforcement official detects a very small amount of alcohol in their system. Sometimes, young drivers are falsely accused of driving drunk, while others unexpectedly find themselves facing these allegations, which is especially likely with such a low legal limit.
Underage DUI and the loss of driving privileges
The Florida Legislature reports that drivers under the age of 21 have their driver’s license suspended if stopped and their BAC level exceeds .02. In some instances, drivers under 21 receive temporary driving permits. Sometimes, drivers in this position lose their license for one year, such as those who refuse to submit to a sobriety test or already have a DUI on their record.
There are other factors that impact the duration of license suspension and you need to take an individualized look at your case if you are facing these charges.