Because minors under the age of 21 are not legally allowed to enjoy alcoholic beverages, they are subject to a zero tolerance law when it comes to drunk driving. That means that if they have a blood alcohol content level above .01%, they can be arrested or charged with drunk driving. If you or a loved one has been arrested for driving under the influence while a minor, it is critical you contact a skilled San Diego DUI lawyer as soon as possible to fight the charges.
DUI penalties for minors will vary based on the amount of alcohol detected in their system. If they have a BAC below .05%, they can lose their driving privileges for a year and the case will go to the San Diego traffic court, where they will be assigned to pay a fine. If the BAC was at or above .05%, the case will be a criminal matter and the minor could be sentenced to enroll in a DUI course, be fined and lose their license for a year. When the BAC is .08% or above, the minor will be charged with an adult DUI and all the potential penalties that come with it.
Aside from the potential criminal penalties minors will face for driving under the influence, having a conviction on their record can also hurt their future prospects, making it more difficult for them to gain employment, earn admission into college and be awarded scholarships. As you can see, it is critical that a minor accused of driving under the influence should immediately contact a top San Diego DUI attorney like Peter M. Liss as soon as possible.
When minors are suspected of drunk driving, they have fewer rights than adults in the situation and must submit to a preliminary alcohol screening if asked to take one by an officer of the law. Refusal to submit to these tests will result in an automatic license suspension. Fortunately, these tests are significantly more unreliable than standard breathalyzers and the results can easily be challenged in court.
If you are a minor who has been charged with drinking and driving or are the parent of a juvenile who has been accused of this crime, please call (760) 643-4050 or (858) 486-3024 to schedule a free initial consultation with top San Diego DUI lawyer Peter M. Liss.
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