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Zero tolerance laws apply to teenagers accused of drunk driving

Teenagers are still maturing and may not always make the best decisions. Some teenagers in may experiment with alcohol. They may do so out of peer pressure, or they may simply be curious about its taste and effects. There are laws regarding minors and alcohol that, if violated, could lead to serious consequences.  These consequences can follow them for the rest of their lives - affecting college admissions, sports, careers, etc.

Teenagers in Richmond may already know that if they are not 21-years-old, they cannot lawfully buy, possess or drink alcohol. However, they may not understand the scope of penalties they could face, if they are caught driving after having consumed alcohol.

In Virginia, a driver under age 21 who has a blood alcohol concentration of 0.02 percent or higher will face criminal charges. If the driver's BAC in this situation is between 0.02 percent and 0.08 percent, they will lose their driving privileges for 12 months. They will also be fined $500 or they will have to perform 50 hours of community service. Also, if a driver is under age 21 and has a BAC of 0.08 percent or higher, that driver will face the same criminal sanctions that a person age 21 or above would.

Teenagers who are caught drunk driving will be penalized for their actions, which could impact their entire future. They need to have a solid understanding of what the law is and what penalties they will face if convicted. A criminal defense attorney can help answer questions minors or their parents may have about drunk driving, as well as ensure that their clients are not wrongfully convicted.

If you or your child are charged with underage possession of alcohol; drunk driving; or other alcohol offenses, contact us to speak with one of our experienced criminal attorneys.

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