Underage Drinking and Driving

Alcohol has been enjoyed for thousands of years around the world. However, to protect as many people as possible, US states have adopted 21 as the legal drinking age, rather than 18. Sadly, though, 28% of motor vehicle fatalities for 15-20 year olds involved underage drinking.

In Texas, underage drinking is taken very seriously. Even though the legal blood alcohol limit for adults is .08, any detectable alcohol in a minor’s system is considered an offense. If you have a minor child who has been charged with underage drinking, this crime can have long-lasting repercussions. To discuss your case, please contact an experienced Dallas DWI lawyer from the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter today at (214) 845-7007.

Consequences of Underage Drinking and Driving

If you are a minor, even driving with blood alcohol content (BAC) of .01 can mean severe legal consequences. If you are under 21 and are caught driving with alcohol in your system, you can face:

  • A maximum $500 fine
  • 60-day driver’s license suspension
  • 20-40 hours community service
  • Alcohol awareness classes

These are just the punishments for the first offense. If you are caught driving while intoxicated a second or third time, you can face higher fines and longer license suspensions, among other things.

Driving with a BAC Over .08

The Department of Traffic has set the legal drinking and driving limit at .08. If you are a minor who is driving with a BAC at or above .08, you can face even more serious consequences. For drivers 17-20 years of age with a BAC at or above .08, you may have to deal with the following:

  • A maximum $2,000 fine
  • 3-180 days in jail
  • Driver’s license suspension for 90 days to 1 year

Law enforcement officers have a zero-tolerance policy in Texas, which means you can be given stiff fines and other heavy punishment for drinking and driving while a minor. If you are a minor charged with an alcohol-related crime, you should talk to a Dallas underage DUI attorney immediately.

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As a minor, one small mistake can stay on your record. To help you deal with the legal repercussions of this charge, you should contact a qualified Dallas DUI attorney from the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter at (214) 845-7007 today.


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