The state of Florida has a Zero Tolerance law when it comes to drivers under the age of 21. This means that it is unlawful for an underage driver to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol level (BAL) of .02% or greater. If they are found to be driving a motor vehicle and blow over 0.02%, then their driver's license will be automatically suspended for 6 months.
How much alcohol does it take to reach the legal limit? There is no definitive answer since weight plays an important role; however, the 0.02% limit means that an underage driver cannot have one drink and drive legally. If you, or your son or daughter has been arrested for DUI, you should contact a Fort Myers criminal attorney from Calvo & Calvo, Attorneys at Law for immediate legal assistance.
If you are facing charges for drunk driving while underage turn to Calvo & Calvo, Attorneys At Law for the defense you need. Contact us today!
What Happens When You Get a DUI as a Minor?
In the state of Florida, if you are a minor and are convicted of DUI you can face serious penalties such as license suspension and a DUI education program. The DUI will not be considered a criminal offense however.
Consequences of a DUI Conviction in Florida
Facing any sort of criminal charge is a serious concern. In fact, a criminal conviction can jeopardize a number of future opportunities such as:
- Student loans
- College admissions
- Dorm enrollment status
- Employment opportunities
It's absolutely crucial not to take underage DUI charges lightly and risk jeopardizing your future. If you have been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, it's critical to seek professional legal assistance immediately. Keep in mind that a DUI conviction does not go away after several years; it stays on your criminal record for the rest of your life.
The legal limit for adults over the age of 21 is 0.08% BAL. This means that anybody who blows over 0.08% will face harsh penalties whether they are 18 or 35.
Penalties for a first time DUI (BAL over 0.08%) may involve all of the following:
- Community service
- License revocation
- DUI school
What's more, after a DUI conviction, one can expect their insurance premiums to skyrocket for many years to come. Florida prosecutors, judges and law enforcement officials take underage DUI very seriously, and they tend to be tough on underage drinkers in an effort to deter them from drinking and driving in the future. For this reason, it's critical to enlist the services of a DUI attorney who has extensive experience handling underage DUI cases.
Get Skillful Defense for Underage DUI Charges in Florida
At Calvo & Calvo, Attorneys at Law, we have been defending high school and college students against DUI charges for years throughout the greater Fort Myers area. We understand that because of the college lifestyle, underage drinkers are more susceptible to being arrested and charged with underage drinking.
However, we are very sensitive to the fact that this type of a conviction can be very detrimental to their future, potentially risking college scholarships, admissions, student loans and employment opportunities. In order to help your situation and turn it around for the better, you are going to need a DUI attorney to defend you. Contact our firm right away to schedule an initial consultation so we can start planning your defense!
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