Underage DUI

March 6, 2015 Brian J. Zeiger, Esquire

Underage DUI in Philadelphia

Driving a motor vehicle while you are under the influence of alcohol is against the law for individuals of any age. However, the laws1 are substantially stricter for individuals who are younger than the legal drinking age of 21 years. An underage DUI conviction can have an adverse effect on many aspects of a young person’s life, so you should always seek assistance from a DUI defense attorney who knows how to handle underage cases.

Zero Tolerance law

The legal limit for DUI in most cases is 0.08 blood alcohol content (BAC).2 However, Philadelphia has a “zero tolerance” law for people under the legal drinking age. This means that the legal threshold for DUI is minimal—only 0.02 percent. This means that you may face DUI charges if you are under 21 and have had only one beer.

Serious consequences of underage DUI

People under the age of 21 who are convicted of DUI can face the following penalties:

  • Mandatory suspension of their driver’s license for up to 12 months
  • At least 48 hours in jail
  • Fines of $500 to $5,000
  • Attendance at alcohol safety classes
  • Community service
  • Probation
  • Substance abuse treatment if the judge deems it necessary

In addition to the above penalties, having a DUI conviction on your criminal record can negatively affect your future opportunities. For instance, you may not qualify for financial aid, you may face challenges getting into educational programs or receiving professional licenses, or you may be disqualified from certain jobs. Because of the potentially long-lasting consequences of an underage DUI, you always want to have an experienced attorney on your side.

Contact an experienced DUI defense attorney in Philadelphia for help with your case

If you or your child has been accused of underage DUI in Philadelphia, your first call should be to an experienced DUI defense lawyer at The Zeiger Firm. Our highly skilled legal team knows how to aggressively defend DUI charges in order to minimize the penalties you face as much as possible. We provide individual attention to every client and always keep you informed regarding the status of your case. Please call The Zeiger Firm today at 215-825-5183 to discuss how we can help you.

1http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcohol_laws_of_Pennsylvania

2http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood_alcohol_content

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