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.
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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.