Most people are well aware of the legal limit for blood alcohol concentration (BAC), which is 0.08% for the majority of drivers on the road. They know that this is the line after which they can be assumed to be impaired by the court.
But what if you’re under 21 years of age? The law technically says that you’re not supposed to drink, possess alcohol or even buy it in the first place. So what if a police officer pulls you over and gives you a breath test? Does this change anything?
The limit is far lower under zero-tolerance laws
The truth is that you face a vastly lower limit if you’re under 21. Anything from 0.02% and above can result in DUI charges. This stems from the fact that you must have been illegally drinking to even get up to that 0.02%. Even a fraction of a drink could raise your BAC that high.
If this does happen and you are convicted, you can face a one-year driving suspension, 50 hours of community service and a minimum mandatory fine that comes in at a full $500. It’s something you absolutely want to take seriously.
It’s also worth noting that accidental intoxication could be more of a risk for minors. Since it doesn’t take much alcohol to get to 0.02%, one spiked drink could easily be all it takes to lead to DUI charges.
What can you do?
A DUI can have a drastic impact on your future. It is expensive, and it can have a lot of ramifications beyond those noted above. You absolutely need to know what legal defense options you have. Don’t assume that the outcome of your case is pre-determined until you learn more.