Facing Underage DUI Charges in Fort Lauderdale?
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In Florida and throughout the country, the minimum drinking age is 21. Consumption of alcohol by persons under the age of 21 is illegal. Because of this fact, the .08 percent blood alcohol standard that is applied to adults in DUI cases is not applied to underage drivers. All it takes to charge an underage driver with DUI is a BAC of .02 percent.
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Penalties for Underage DUI in Florida
Underage drivers who are convicted of DUI can face a variety of penalties including jail time, a loss of driving privileges, and hefty fines. These punishments depend on the juvenile’s prior criminal history, age, and the nature of the current offense, including the presence of any aggravating factors and the driver’s BAC at the time of the arrest.
A first offense in Florida could result in a $2,000 fine and jail time, as determined by a judge, for a BAC exceeding .08 percent. Second offenses could result in jail sentences of up to a year, and a fine of up to $4,000. Driving privileges are likely to be suspended for between six months and a year.
In addition to DUI charges, underage drivers may also face other related charges, which include:
- Soliciting alcohol
- Minor in possession
- Distributing alcohol to minors
- Child endangerment
- Moving and vehicle maintenance violations
- Possession of false ID
Furthermore, insurance companies may opt to terminate or refuse to renew a policy after an underage DUI conviction, or may significantly increase monthly premiums for policies they consider “high risk.” This rate change could be in effect for three to five years.
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