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Monday, June 8, 2015

Minor DWI/DUIs are NOT Minor Offenses

What consequences can minors face if convicted of DWI/DUI?

Minors get caught drunk driving during spring and early summer at a much higher rate than any other time of the year. Prom, graduation, and those first few weeks home from college for the summer are wonderful things to celebrate, but getting charged with DWI/DUI is anything but fun. 

In Michigan, we have zero tolerance law when it comes to minors and driving under the influence. 

• If you are under 21 years old, and are found to have a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.02 or greater, you are in trouble. 

• The 0.02 limit that applies to minors is significantly lower than the 0.08 limit drivers of legal age face, meaning virtually any amount of alcohol is going to put you over the limit. If you are a minor caught with a BAC over 0.08, you can be charged under the regular DWI/DUI laws and face stiffer penalties. 

• People also think that you have to be actually driving to get charged with DWI/DUI. That is typically the case for adults, but not true for minors. Minors can be charged with DWI/DUI for just sitting in a car in a parking lot. 

• Some people think that the 0.02 limit does not apply if the alcohol was consumed in Canada where the legal drinking age is 19. That is not true. The 0.02 limit applies to all drivers under the age of 21, even if they legally consumed the alcohol that put them over the limit. 

• Getting an underage DWI/DUI can dramatically increase the penalties you face if you are convicted of other offenses later in life. 

Getting convicted of DWI/DUI as a minor can change the course of your life, so it important to get good legal advice as soon as possible after being ticketed or arrested. If convicted, the judge can revoke your license, impose fines and/or jail time, require you to do community service hours and add points to your license. 

There will also be consequences outside of the legal system. Beyond the social stigma you will face, your insurance rates will increase, you could have some scholarships revoked, and you might even have trouble finding a job or renting an apartment. These serious repercussions are the reason you need an experienced criminal defense attorney at your side. 

If you or your child has been charged with DWI/DUI don’t waste any time. Call experienced driving under the influence attorney Martin T. Lievois today to schedule your free consultation. The number is (248)419.1566 in Troy and (810)250.4550 in Flint.

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