Under 21 DUI

Defending The Underage DUI Charge

If you are under 21 years of age, and if convicted of a first DUI offense, in addition to any DMV action, you are facing the following criminal court sentence:

  • Five years of informal or “summary” probation. There is no probation officer involved; you are on probation to the court. You are ordered not to violate any laws (except for minor traffic violations) for five years.
  • A fine of approximately $2,000.00 and you will have plenty of time to pay it.
  • A drinking-driver program. You must attend weekly sessions of approximately three hours each. Classes range from three to nine months, depending on your blood alcohol level of greater than .08%.
  • Public Work Service if the Court finds appropriate.

California enforces a no tolerance policy for the underage DUI.  The legal limit for drivers under 21 is .01% for DMV purposes. If you are under 21 years of age, you will face all of the penalties above, in addition to a mandatory loss of license of one year.  If you are younger than 18, a juvenile judge may add additional requirements to your sentence, such as imposition of curfew, mandatory employment, and maintenance of a certain grade point average.

A lawyer with experience handling DUI matters can make a major difference in the outcome of most cases. At the Law Office of Nicole Irmer, Nicole is highly skilled and experienced in handling matters that involve the first time offender and the underage drinking and driving juvenile.