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Zero tolerance and underage drunk driving charges

On Behalf of | Mar 28, 2022 | Criminal Defense, Drug Charges, Drunk Driving Accidents, Drunk Driving Charges |

If you have not reached the legal drinking age, it is very important to familiarize yourself with drunk driving laws that apply to drivers under 21. Additionally, if you are the parent of a teen and you have concerns that they could end up facing charges, make sure you review this issue closely and discuss this topic with your child.

Unfortunately, some young drivers find themselves in this position due to peer pressure or failing to understand the state’s zero-tolerance policy. Even a very small amount of alcohol can lead to devastating charges.

North Carolina’s zero tolerance for underage drunk driving

The North Carolina Department of Public Safety reports that drivers under the age of 21 cannot legally operate a vehicle with any alcohol in their system. In fact, if a driver under 21 refuses to submit to a sobriety test, a law enforcement official could charge them with drunk driving solely because they smelled alcohol on the young driver’s breath.

Drivers under 21 facing drunk driving charges have their license revoked for 30 days before the trial. Those convicted of underage drunk driving lose their driving privileges for a year, although some have the ability to secure limited driving privileges.

Addressing underage drunk driving charges

If you are currently facing uncertainty over a drunk driving case, make sure you go over all options, especially since various aspects of your current life and future are likely at stake. In addition to a young person’s reputation, drunk driving charges can affect many other aspects of their life. For example, you could struggle with respect to your academic goals and in terms of your career, and these charges could haunt you in the future.


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