What happens when you are under the legal drinking age of 21 and get charged with a DUI? Nothing good! The State of Florida has a zero tolerance policy that governs underage DUIs and also a much lower BAC level for those drivers under 21. If you are underage and have recently been charged with a Key West DUI, do not hesitate to give attorney Alan Fowler a call today to help you handle these serious charges. Not only are there major legal penalties attached to a conviction, but an underage DUI can also have an impact on your education and professional life as well.
Just because you are charged with a DUI does not mean that you will be convicted of it! An underage DUI is always worth fighting. Here’s a look at some of the key features and distinctions when it comes to those drivers under the age of 21:
• Different BAC level: For adults over 21, the Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) level for a DUI is .08—a number that means certain individuals may be able to have a drink or two and still be within their legal limit to drive. Since drinking under the age of 21 is not allowed at all, the BAC level for these younger drivers is a very low .02.
• Administrative Suspension: The length and nature of the administrative drivers’ license suspension will depend on whether or not the underage individual submitted to and failed a breath test or refused testing. Either way, driving privileges are completely taken a way for a given period of time and then he or she must apply for a hardship license.
• School Disciplinary Actions: It is no secret that high schools and colleges will take some sort of disciplinary action (even a potential expulsion) when word of a DUI hits the administration.
Underage or over 21, you should never try to handle your DUI charges on your own and, because time is of the essence for these cases (especially when it comes to the administrative suspension), the sooner you get in touch with Alan Fowler the better. Your first consultation is always free so do not wait any longer—give Alan a call today! Call 305.912.2516.