Driving under the influence, or DUI, is defined as operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. In California, a DUI requires a blood alcohol concentration, or BAC, at 0.08 percent for drivers over the age of 21 years old. But California also has zero tolerance for underage drinking.
Zero tolerance makes it illegal for anyone under the age of 21 years old to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.
The BAC level for underage drivers is any measurable amount. This means a BAC level above 0.01 percent.
Yes, any underage driver convicted of DUI will have their driver’s license suspended for at least one year.
Yes, all drivers accused of DUI will face criminal charges and a DMV hearing. The hearing can suspend and/or revoke driving privileges.
A criminal conviction for a first-time DUI is a misdemeanor crime in California. The specific penalties depend on the circumstances of the case. However, the possible sentence is:
In addition to the adult DUI consequences explained already, the driver will face penalties depending on BAC level. A BAC level of 0.05 percent to 0.07 percent will result in attending a mandatory driving under the influence awareness class. The driver will have to show proof the class was completed to restore their license.
Yes, the punishment for a zero tolerance conviction is serious because you face jail time and driver’s license suspension. Contact a criminal lawyer to fight your case.
Last Modified: 06-09-2016 02:17 PM PDTLaw Library Disclaimer
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