In Florida, it is illegal for a person below the age of 21 years to consume alcohol. But a recent study shows that 9.5% of the alcohol sold in the state is to underage consumers. And this has led to a number of accidents and fatalities. For those who are caught drinking and driving, there can be serious consequences if they are underage.
The Legal Alcohol Limit
In regular cases where a person above 21 years is stopped while driving a motor vehicle for a blood alcohol check, they are expected to have a level of below 0.08. So anyone who is driving a vehicle with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 or above is considered to be drunk driving and can be charged with a DUI. However, the rule is a little different for those below 21 years. Because these individuals are not supposed to be drinking at all, the level for them is 0.02. This level can literally be caused by consuming one drink so it basically comes back to the point that they are not supposed to be consuming any alcohol at all, especially when they are behind the wheel.
Penalties for Underage Drivers
For a person who is below twenty one and is caught with a blood alcohol level of 0.02 by a law enforcement officer, their license may be suspended for a period of six months if it is their first offence. A second violation will lead to a suspension of driving privileges for a period of one year. And if the person is below 18 years of age, besides having their license suspended they may also be taken to an addictions receiving facility if it is available in the county.
There are also additional penalties for people under the age of 21 who are caught with a blood-alcohol level above 0.05. In this case, their license will remain suspended until they have completed a substance abuse course.
Harsh penalties are often imposed for people who are caught driving under the influence and jail time, steep fines, community service and probation are often imposed on them.
If you have been charged with a DUI, it can affect your entire life. If your child has been charged with drinking and driving when he or she is below the legal age, the charge can follow them for the rest of their lives and affect their freedom and their careers. It is crucial to appoint a good attorney to fight the DUI so it doesn’t tarnish your reputation or the reputation of a person you love.