A Zero Tolerance Policy For Underage DUIs
If you are a person under the legal drinking age of 21 who is the operator of any motor vehicle after drinking alcohol, you will almost assuredly face The Palmetto State’s zero tolerance policy for drinking and driving if you’re caught. If you are caught drunk driving or even “buzzed driving” (BAC is .02) you can be charged with underage drinking and driving. This will automatically result in the suspension of your drivers license (or permit) for a 3-month minimum.
If You’re Convicted Of An Underage DUI (Under .08 BAC)
If you’re under the drinking age and your BAC is in between .02 and .08, youre license (or permit) may be suspended or withheld for 3 to 6 months (6 months if your second offense within 5 years). If you refuse a chemical test, your license will be suspended for 6 months (or a year if it’s your second offense within 5 years).
You may have your driving privileges restored if your case is pending after an Administrative Hearing.
If You’re Convicted Of An Underage DUI (Over.08 BAC)
If you’re under the legal drinking age, and your BAC is legally intoxicated for adult-limits, you may be arrested for drunk driving, and you will be charged as an adult. Again, zero tolerance policy.
Drunk driving is extremely serious. You may lose your scholarship, or not even be eligible for a state-sponsored scholarship. If you’ve got a passenger in the vehicle with you, you may be charged with child endangerment if they’re younger than 16. Other criminal charges may be filed against you. You career opportunities may be severely handicapped, too if you’re convicted.
Due to all of this, it is imperative that you contact an Underage DUI Defense Attorney ASAP. Don’t ruin your life or risk your future–let an experienced attorney fight for you.