Understanding Juvenile DUI Charges

Florida takes the safety of those on the road very seriously, whether pedestrians, commercial drivers, cyclists, bus drivers, or passenger vehicle drivers. That is why they have put numerous laws in place to protect these individuals, particularly against the acts of drunk drivers. Regardless of whether you are 18 or 80, the law enforces strict penalties for those accused of driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Even as an underage or juvenile driver, you could face very serious repercussions.

What Penalties Result from Underage DUI?

Typically, when a juvenile is accused of underage DUI, they can also face consequences for charges like minor in possession of alcohol or endangerment of any passengers. Not only are they under the legal drinking age, but they are also driving while under the influence. For this reason, a much stricter blood alcohol concentration is enforced.

While the typical BAC amount is .08% or above, juvenile drivers face stricter requirements. In Florida, being an underage driver with .02% can result in underage DUI charges.

The following penalties can be enforced:

In addition, if an underage driver’s BAC is at or above .08%, they can face vehicle impoundment, as much as six months in a county jail, mandatory community service, extended loss of driving privileges, and other consequences.

More than just criminal penalties, a juvenile can face other obstacles such as getting into the college they want, finding decent employment, and so on. In some cases, a juvenile may be able to expunge certain charges from their record, but this takes the assistance of a reliable and proven criminal attorney.

Call for Proven DUI Lawyers in Tampa

For minors, one mistake can ruin their lives. We understand this at Thomas & Paulk, which is why our Tampa DUI attorneys go above and beyond to protect the rights and best interests of juvenile clients. We don’t take underage DUI charges lightly, fighting to ensure our clients get the defense they need to move on with their lives.

If you or your child has been accused of driving under the influence in Florida, you cannot waste any time in retaining counsel. Our legal team is standing by and remains ready to advocate on your behalf. It starts with a simple phone call.

Reach out to our firm today: (813) 321-7323. We offer free criminal defense consultations.