What Are the Penalties for Underage DUI?

If you or your child was arrested for an alleged DUI under the legal drinking age, you need to act fast to protect your rights and your future. The legal drinking age in the United States is 21 years of age, and if caught drinking and driving under the legal age, you could face serious legal repercussions. Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is already a serious crime, but the repercussions for young adults or teenagers can be particularly difficult. As a young adult, you’re just beginning to see what life has to offer, and a criminal record could impact your college eligibility, your job prospects, and your personal relationships.

To ensure you stand your best chance standing up to the claims laid against you, make sure you understand the penalties you could face.

The penalties for underage DUI in West Virginia are as follows:

  • 30-day driver’s license suspension

  • The installation of an ignition interlock device on your vehicle for six months

  • Legal fees, including court fines and bail money

Although these are the standard repercussions for an underage DUI charge, the penalties can be more severe if the accused faces additional charges, or if this was a second offense. A first-offense driver who is under the age of 21 and is found to have a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.02% but less than 0.08%. If the BAC is greater, or if there is a minor in the vehicle, or if the driver harms someone else, they may face additional charges. Depending on those charges, the consequences may include steeper fines, jail time, or a longer driver’s license suspension, to name a few.

Our Attorneys Can Help

Depending on your situation and the charges laid against you, you might be facing a disciplinary hearing at school, or you could be facing juvenile charges. Whatever the case, make sure you discuss your case with an experienced attorney you can trust.

Our attorneys at The Wagner Law Firm are here to help. Call (304) 461-6000 today.