Underage DUI – DUI Under 21
The laws for underage DUI drinking and driving are much tougher than for adult drivers over 21 in every state. While the blood alcohol content (BAC) level for drivers 21 and older is 0.08%, underage drivers are held to a 0.02% BAC in some states, and 0.00% in other ZERO TOLERANCE states. The consequences of underage drinking and a subsequent first-time underage DUI conviction are:
- Jail time from 10 days to 1 year
- Court fines up to $1,000
- Driver’s license loss for 6 months
- 20 hours of DUI community service
For a second underage drinking and driving conviction, the above DUI underage penalties can double, and you will be required to install an ignition interlock device on your car. This device requires that you blow into a breath tester to prove you have not been drinking. If you have, your car won’t start.
What is a Minor in Possession of Alcohol (MIP)?
A “Minor in Possession” charge, or a MIP, is a misdemeanor criminal offense. Anyone under the age of 21 that possesses alcohol in the United States, with the exception of special circumstances, is violating state law. If a police officer has enough evidence that a person under 21 has been drinking or is in possession of alcohol, a MIP arrest can occur. Some states refer to a minor in possession as a PAULA, or Possession of Alcohol Under the Legal Age.
An underage drinker does not have to be driving to get a MIP charge. Nor do they have to be intoxicated in public. MIP fines can be reduced if you complete an alcohol education program, DUI probation, or community service.
Consequences of Underage Drinking and Driving
If you or someone you know is under the age of 21 and was arrested for underage DUI, call DUI under 21 specialist at 1-888-839-4384 right now. He or she will talk to you about the severity of the State’s evidence and how it can be fought. An underage drinking and driving conviction can lead to a total loss of driving privileges – not even a limited driving permit is available.
Also, if you are a college student and want to study abroad, your travel may be restricted and you may miss out on these limited opportunities.