Tampa DUI Attorney
DUI Attorneys in Tampa Firm Overview Attorney Profiles
Tampa DUI Lawyer
Free DUI case evaluation
Resources Case Results Contact Us
Tampa DUI Defense Attorney
Looking for the Best Attorney?
Anatomy of a DUI Case
Cost of a DUI Lawyer
Frequently Asked Questions
BUI Defense
CDL DUI
DMV
Drugs & DUI
DUI Accidents
DUI Defense
DUI Penalties
DUI Scooters
DUI Testing
Florida DUI Laws
Gasparilla Survival Guide
Holiday DUI Arrests
Multiple Offenses
No Refusal Program
Out of State DUI's
Reckless Driving
Traffic Stop
Underage DUI
Penalties for Under 21 DUI
Why a DUI Attorney?
Your Rights
Areas We Serve
DUI Attorney Videos
Thomas & Paulk PA is a BBB Accredited Business. Click for the BBB Business Review of this Attorneys in Tampa FL
Contact a Tampa DUI Lawyer
Name:
Email:
Phone:
Are you a new client?
Message:
DUI » Underage DUI

Underage DUI Charges

In the state of Florida, criminal charges for drunk driving are taken extremely seriously - especially when they concern drivers under the legal drinking age of 21. No matter if it is a case involving a high school student partying at a friend's house on a weekend or a college kid who snuck into a bar with a fake ID, underage drinking and driving charges may be filed. If you or a loved one has recently been taken into custody for underage DUI, it is imperative that you do not hesitate to secure the legal assistance that you deserve from an aggressive attorney.

Penalties for Underage Drinking & Driving

Law enforcement officers in Florida have the authority to pull over and detain drivers under the age of 21, when they have probable cause to believe that the drivers are driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs or are driving with any detectable level of alcohol in their systems. Officers have the authority to request that the drivers take a chemical test to determine their blood alcohol level. If this level is found to be .02% or greater, the driver may face administrative license suspension by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV).

A driver under the age of 21 may face the following penalties for driving with a BAC of 0.02 percent or higher:

  • First offense: 6-month license suspension
  • Second or subsequent offense: 1-year license suspension

If the underage driver refuses to submit to a breath test, he or she may face the following penalties:

  • First breath test: 1-year suspension.
  • Second or subsequent breath test refusal: 18-month suspension.

It is important to note that this level of underage DUI is not considered a traffic infraction or a criminal offense. When the officer detains the driver for underage DUI, this is also not considered an arrest. License suspension is the only penalty enforced at this level. In some situations, however, a driver who is under the age of 21 may face enhanced penalties and criminal charges for DUI. This usually applies if the driver has a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent or greater (which is above the legal limit for any person to operate a motor vehicle, regardless of age).

Click here to read more about underage DUI penalties, and click here to read more about standard DUI penalties.

Representing Underage Drivers

If you choose to seek out the legal assistance of our firm after being accused of DUI, you can breathe easier knowing that we will be fully committed to your case. We understand how frightening it can be to face a criminal charge and how much of an impact license suspension may have on your life. You do not have to face these matters alone. By evaluating your case, building up the evidence and crafting your defense from the ground up, we will use our experience and resources to challenge your license suspension and criminal charges, if any.

Tampa DUI Defense Attorney Thomas & Paulk, P.A. Attorneys at Law
Thomas & Paulk on Twitter
Thomas & Paulk on Facebook
Thomas & Paulk on Google+