When an individual is charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, they are subject to serious consequences that may alter the rest of their lives. Typically, a driving while intoxicated charge is issued if a person is found to be driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 or higher. However, things are a little different when the driver who is arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated is under the legal age for alcohol consumption of 21.

Drivers who are found to be intoxicated under the age of 21 are subject to a different BAC threshold than those age 21 and older. If you are under 21 and your blood alcohol content is 0.02 percent or higher, you may face a driving while intoxicated charge. The penalties for an underage DWI are as follows:

  • Driver’s license suspension for 6 months
  • Civil fine of $125
  • A suspension termination fee of $100
  • Potential for enrollment in the New York Drinking Driver Program and associated fees
  • Possible ignition interlock device installation and associated fees

Of course, those penalties are only for a first offense underage DWI. If you are caught driving under the influence of alcohol on more than one occasion, the penalties become much more serious. For example, your driver’s license will be revoked for 1 year or until you turn 21 years old, whichever is longer. If you have been charged with an underage DWI, contact our firm today.

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