Under 21 DUI Cases in West Palm Beach
Zero Tolerance for Under 21 DUI
A DUI is a serious offense for drivers of any age. The legal alcohol limit for drivers over 21 years of age is .08%, but the state of Florida has zero tolerance laws for drunk drivers under the age of 21 years. If a drunk driver is pulled over by an officer and given a breath test or blood test that measures .02% or higher and the driver is under the age of 21, you will be arrested for DUI. It is illegal for anyone under 21 in our state to consume alcohol and the Under 21 DUI laws reflect this.
An under 21 DUI conviction can result in an automatic driver’s license suspension for six months. A young individual charged with a DUI should immediately contact a West Palm Beach DUI lawyer for legal advice regarding a serious criminal charge. The legal team at DiRenzo & Weick are experienced in DUI defense and have successfully defended many clients under the age of 21 years and charged with drunk driving.
Punishment for Under 21 DUI Offenders
Various factors can determine the severity of the punishment for DUI offenses under the age of 21. The penalties can increase depending whether open containers of alcohol were found in the vehicle or the presence of younger passengers. A case involving a traffic collision caused by DUI increases the penalties especially if it resulted in property damage, injuries or fatalities. Punishment increases with each additional DUI conviction. Typical penalties for a first time under 21 DUI includes:
- Up to $500
- Fifty hours of community service
- Maximum one year probation
- Maximum six months of imprisonment
- License revocation
- DUI school, ordered alcohol evaluation and treatment programs
The parents of an under 21 DUI are frequently the ones seeking the assistance from a defense attorney. Our DUI lawyer will work with the parents in taking action to reduce the damage to the young person’s life. It is good advice to fight a DUI charge, as a conviction will remain on an individual’s record for a lifetime. Our legal team at DiRenzo & Weick defends many under 21 DUI cases. Make an appointment today for a consultation and case evaluation with one of our qualified DUI defense lawyers.
Contact a West Palm Beach Under 21 DUI Attorney for legal defense against an Under 21 DUI charge.