Under 21 DUI – Flagstaff

Driving under the influence (DUI) is a serious charge for adult drivers but even more serious for drivers under the age of 21. Whereas the legal limit for blood alcohol content (BAC) in adults is .08 percent, underage drivers have a limit of .01 percent. Arizona employs a zero tolerance policy for underage drinking, which means that any amount of alcohol can lead to a DUI charge.

An Underage DUI Conviction Carries Severe Consequences!

With the local colleges around, underage drinking has become a more frequent activity. As an attempt to deter underage drinking and driving, serious and sometimes permanent penalties are assessed. Though minors under the age of 18 are charged as juveniles, a DUI conviction is still extremely detrimental to their future prospects.

Some common penalties for a minor convicted of a DUI include:

  • Two-year driver’s license suspension

  • $100 to $500 fine
  • Cost of substance abuse counseling
  • Community service
  • One day in juvenile hall (first offense)
  • One month in juvenile hall (second offense)
  • Long-term imprisonment (if another person was harmed)

Minors who have an underage DUI conviction on their record also can have a harder time gaining college admittance, qualifying for scholarships and finding a job. High schools frequently dismiss students convicted of DUI from athletic participation as well.

Common penalties for individuals aged 18-20 include, but are not limited to:

  • Class 1 misdemeanor on permanent criminal record
  • Two-year driver’s license suspension

  • Three-year installation of ignition interlock device once license or permit is restored

  • Up to six months in jail
  • Up to $5,000 in fines

If you or your minor son or daughter has been charged with underage drinking and driving, finding an experienced Flagstaff DUI attorney should be your first order of business. At Rosenstein Law Group, we have 40 years of combined experience and our lead attorney is board-certified in DUI defense.

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