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Understanding Underage DWI felony and the penalties involved

  • December 4, 2013

Underage DWI is the crime of driving a car while drunk and it only applies to motorists under 21 years old. In America, only a small percentage of drivers fall in this age bracket yet statistics show they are liable for 17% of all serious alcohol-related accidents in the country. Underage drinkers also have a tendency of binging on alcohol, the BAC content of victims caught up in intoxicated juvenile car crashes is roughly five time more that the official legal limit of 40BAC.

Moreover, underage drinkers tend to be reckless on the roads and rarely wear seat belts. In most municipalities, a driver below 21yrs operating an automobile with .02% BAC level can be booked for DUI. Such offenders may get a fine requiring them to pay a few hundred or thousands of dollars depending on severity of the accident they have caused, furthermore the driver may have his license suspended for a period not less 1 year or the vehicle may be impounded by the state.

In some cases the driver may also be required to attend alcohol rehab programs, driver’s training classes and complete a month of community service. There’s also a possibility of doing jail time depending on specific state laws and facts relating to the incident. For first-time offenders, the lockup period may vary from 24hrs to a whole year. The juvenile driver would also be subjected to probation of between 3-5 years.

Another overlooked effect of Underage DWI is that full disclosure of the ensuing conviction may be required before applying for college, a job or requesting for financial aid from a bank. Failure to give this information may result to loss of certain privileges or termination of the contract if it’s later discovered. One may also be charged with perjury. Nevertheless, an offender may contact a certified DWI attorney to help settle the case and get lighter sentences.