In Arizona, it is a great concern that a lot of young lives are lost in road accidents and that in some of these cases, the drivers involved in the incidents were drunk at the time. This is a large part of the state's determination to crack down on drunk driving and prevent repeat offenses. However, this means that you could be stopped at any time if officers have reason to suspect that you are driving drunk.
For younger drivers, this is an even greater concern, because in many cases they are subject to a much lower legal limit for blood alcohol concentration. Whereas the usual limit is 0.08 percent, in many states, this drops to 0.02 percent or lower for drivers under the age of 21. This is because the legal drinking age throughout the United States is 21. Some states will charge an under-21 with drunk driving if any alcohol at all is detected in their system.
The aim of these restrictions is to reduce death and injury in young drivers and their passengers by deterring them from driving drunk. However, as this article on DUI charges explains, the big problem with this initiative is that a conviction can have a dramatic effect on an individual's future. Such charges can affect a young person's college options, job prospects and even where they can apply to live.
If you have been charged with an offense of this nature, the future may be looking bleak. However, all is not lost and there may be a way to avoid conviction or at least have the charges against you reduced. An attorney can advise you about your options and may be able to support you through the legal process.