Ventura DUI Lawyers
California’s Zero-Tolerance Policy for Underage DUI
California is known for holding the toughest underage driving under the
influence (DUI) laws in the nation. Under
California Vehicle Code § 23136, the state’s zero-tolerance policy forbids drivers under the age
of 21 from alcohol intoxication of any level. Anyone who is under the
legal drinking age of 21 who has a blood alcohol content (BAC) level of
0.01% or higher can be charged with DUI. With a BAC of 0.05% or higher,
the underage driver can be charged with both an underage DUI and a regular
DUI. Penalties can be severe.
Penalties for Underage Drivers Charged with DUI
Underage drivers who are found guilty of operating a motor vehicle with
any amount of alcohol in their blood are often required to participate
in an alcohol education or alcohol rehabilitation program. Drivers under
21 years old with a BAC level of 0.01% or higher are subject to an administrative
license hearing and license suspension for a minimum of one year. Secure
the legal assistance of one of our
Ventura DUI lawyers to avoid the worst case scenario.
The Law Offices of Jarrod M. Wilfert can help defend your freedom and determine whether the
sobriety tests were inaccurately performed or not.
Legal Defense for DUI Offenders Under 21 Years Old
For a person convicted of underage DUI to have his or her driving privileges
restored, he or she must request a hearing with the DMV. Apart from a
driver’s license suspension, an underage DUI can drastically alter
a young adult’s life. People convicted must list the infraction
on many college applications, which may be a deterrent to acceptance at
their choice university. For students attending college, they may be required
to face school administrative penalties in addition to criminal penalties.
If you have been charged with an underage DUI in California,
contact our Ventura DUI attorneys at your earliest convenience.