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Drunk Driving and Underage

The law states that people 21 and older cannot drive under the influence of any drug or with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or higher. For drivers under the age of 21, the laws are stricter, since it is not legal for people of this age to consume alcohol.

Absolute Sobriety

A person under the age of 21 cannot legally drive if his or her BAC is anything above 0. This legal concept is referred to as “absolute sobriety.” Even if a driver has not consumed any alcohol, he or she can still be charged with OWI if they appear to be impaired by other substances, such as illegal or even prescription drugs. A police officer can conduct a field sobriety test to determine if a driver is capable of safe driving.

“Use and Lose” Law

This bill was written in an attempt to combat underage drinking. Under this law, a person under the age of 21 can lose their driving privileges if they are convicted of possessing, buying, or consuming alcohol. It is not an OWI offense, so it is irrelevant whether the accused person was operating a vehicle at the time the incident occurred. Anyone who drinks underage can lose their driver’s license.

Penalties Can Vary

Penalties can vary depending on the accused person’s BAC level and their number of prior convictions. If the accused person had a BAC of .1, for example, the penalties are usually more severe. Also, people who are 19 or 20 years old can receive more severe sentences, because they are considered more mature and thus more responsible for their behavior.

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If you have been charged with underage DWI, you will need a dedicated attorney to make sure you are treated fairly by the courts. Contact Appleton OWI defense attorneys Kohler Hart Powell, SC at 414-271-9595.