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How a DUI Conviction Can Impact a Driver Under the Age of 21 

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How a DUI Conviction Can Impact a Driver Under the Age of 21 A charge of driving under the influence should never be taken lightly because the ramifications of a conviction can range from loss of driving privileges to potential jail-time. For drivers under the legal drinking age of 21, a DUI conviction can come with legal ramifications of increased severity. Alcohol is a leading risk factor in fatal car accidents among teen drivers, with more than 20 percent of all teen driving fatalities involving alcohol in some capacity. Because of this, law enforcement officials are constantly on the lookout for inebriated driving amongst teen drivers. If you or a member of your family have been arrested for intoxicated driving, it is time to seek out the assistance of a legal professional. 

The Legal Ramifications

In Illinois, underage drivers can be charged for simply driving with a blood alcohol content over 0.00. This state law is known as the zero-tolerance policy. According to the zero-tolerance policy:

  • An underage drinker’s first arrest with a blood alcohol content over 0.00 will result in a license suspension of six months; and
  • A second offense will result in a suspension of driving privileges for a two year period.

If your child is convicted of a DUI, they will face having a Class A misdemeanor on their criminal record. Not only will the conviction result in a two-year license revocation, but the charge could impact their ability to secure employment or be admitted to universities. Throughout 2017, a staggering 1,160 underage drivers in Illinois were arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If your child is facing a DUI charge, the first step you should take is consulting with an attorney you can trust.  

Contact an Oak Brook Underage DUI Lawyer

Parenting is hard. There is no way around the many challenges that all parents face. All children make mistakes, and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a big one. That said, our team at McMahon Law Offices firmly believes that no person should face life-altering legal ramifications for making one mistake. Through analyzing the arrest process and the events that lead up to the arrest, we will do everything in our power to present a case that will ultimately help your child avoid a DUI conviction. To schedule a complimentary initial consultation with a knowledgeable Oak Brook, Illinois, DUI defense attorney, call us today at 630-953-4400.  

Sources: 

https://www.teendriversource.org/teen-crash-risks-prevention/rules-of-the-road/impaired-driving

https://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/publications/pdf_publications/dsd_a118.pdf

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