Underage DUI in Virginia
Reliable & Experienced Legal Representation from a Virginia Beach DUI Lawyer
While the legal drinking age is 21 in the United States, studies have shown that most young people start drinking alcohol prior to their 21st birthday. Although drivers under 21 represent less than 10% of licensed drivers in Virginia, they account for 14% of DUI-related fatalities. Due to these staggering numbers, the punishment for those under 21 can be uncompromisingly severe.
For more than 30 years, our firm has developed an exceptional reputation for delivering legal services of the upmost stature. If you are under the age of 21 and have been arrested for a DUI, don’t hesitate to get the help you need to avoid harsh penalties and a mark on your criminal record.
Underage DUI Penalties
If an underage driver is arrested with a BAC level of .02% or higher, he/she will be cited for a DUI or DWI, meaning he/she are subject to certain mandatory minimum sentencing provisions according to Virginia law. Upon your arrest, your driver’s license will be administratively suspended for seven days.
Upon your conviction, your license will be suspended for one year. You must also pay a fine between $250 and $2,500, perform a mandatory minimum of 50 community service hours. There is also a chance of serving up to 10 days in jail, depending on the circumstances of your arrest.
Additional charges to a DUI charge for an underage driver may include:
- Minor in possession
- Soliciting alcohol
- Distributing alcohol to other minors
- Child endangerment law violations
- Possession of false identification
- Moving and vehicle maintenance violations
I Can Protect Your Rights
As a former Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney City of Virginia Beach, our attorney possesses the extensive knowledge of the state’s legal system from both sides of the courtroom. We are capable of using our skills and experience to provide you with a solid defense to protect your rights, reputation and future.
Call our office for the tough criminal defense you need for your DUI / DWI case.