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Underage DUI Has Severe Ramifications

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Underage DUI Has Severe RamificationsBeing arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol can be incredibly frightening. It does not take a legal professional to understand that a DUI conviction can come with significant legal consequences. The legal ramifications of a DUI conviction can be increasingly severe for drivers under the age of 21. If your child is arrested for driving while intoxicated, you need to act. Below, we will discuss some of the punishments of an underage DUI and how a quality legal team can help in the aftermath of an arrest. 

The Zero Tolerance Law

In Illinois, drivers under the age of 21 must abide by the Zero Tolerance Law. In short, the law states that a minor can face legal consequences for driving with any alcohol in their system, even if their blood alcohol content is below the legal limit of 0.08. In 2017, just under 400 drivers lost their driving privileges due to violating the state’s Zero Tolerance Law. A first violation of the law will result in an automatic six-month license suspension. 

The Legal Consequences of an Underage DUI

While violation of the Zero Tolerance Law will lead to loss of driving privileges, the consequences of a DUI conviction can be much more severe. Just like drivers of any age, a driver under the age of 21 will face a Class A misdemeanor charge, loss of driving privileges, and significant fines for having a blood alcohol concentration over the legal limit. Additionally, a driver under the age of 21 will face a two-year license revocation period for their first offense, twice the revocation period for a driver of legal drinking age. 

It should also be noted that a DUI conviction can come with other serious consequences outside of the legal realm. The costs associated with a DUI conviction, such as rises in your insurance rates, can be astronomical, and a minor looking to pursue advanced education opportunities could struggle to get into the school of their choice because of the mark on their permanent record. Recognizing this, you need to act quickly if your child has been arrested for driving under the influence. 

Contact a DuPage County DUI Defense Lawyer

No parent wants to wake up in the night with a phone call stating that their child has been arrested for driving while intoxicated. As mentioned above, the ramifications of an underage DUI conviction can change a person’s life forever. Whether you are concerned about your child’s ability to drive or their academic future, you need quality legal assistance. At McMahon Law Offices, we are prepared to do everything in our power to avoid a conviction. Through aggressive representation and skillful defense strategy, we are confident in our ability to help your family. To schedule a complimentary initial consultation with a compassionate Oak Brook criminal defense attorney, call us today at 630-953-4400. 



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