The Commonwealth of Virginia has a strict zero tolerance policy for individuals under the age of 21 years old who operate a vehicle under the influence of alcohol. According to the Virginia State Police ‘Crime in Virginia’ reports, arrests for underage driving while under the influence of alcohol have increased significantly in the last 10 years.
In 2008, the Virginia General Assembly increased the penalty for underage drinking and driving from an unclassified offense to a Class 1 Misdemeanor, when the minor has a blood-alcohol content (BAC) of at least 0.2%, but under 0.8%.
DUI crimes are severely punished, and even more so when the offender is a minor. A Virginia Beach criminal defense lawyer at JRLaw can help defend your rights and seek justice. If you or your child was charged with a DUI offense, we strongly suggest you contact our law firm right now so your future is not jeopardized.
The penalties for an underage DUI differ from those incurred committed by an adult. If you are under the age of 21, with a BAC of 0.2%, but under 0.8%, and this is your first DUI offense, you can be faced with the following punishments:
As a minor with a BAC level of 0.8% or higher, or if this is not your first offense, you risk more severe consequences. You can have your driver’s license suspended for over a year, receive a longer jail sentence, your vehicle could be impounded for a period of time, and you could pay larger fines.
Along with court-ordered sentences, a conviction could affect your ability to find employment, delay the completion of your studies, affect your school applications, and increase your car insurance premiums.
Our Hampton Roads law firm is experienced with investigating such an offense. We review the breathalyzer device and test results, and go over the police officer’s actions during the arrest. We make sure we explore all possible defense strategies to insure that your rights are being served.
We are passionate about representing our clients and will do our utmost to obtain the best results possible for you or your minor child. Contact our Virginia Beach criminal defense lawyer to learn more about fighting underage DUI charges.