Consequences Are Serious For Underage DUI/OWI Charges

A conviction for DUI (driving under the influence) or OWI (operating while intoxicated) as a minor can have a significant impact on your criminal record and your job or college career. You may not realize that Michigan law holds minors to a stricter standard than those 21 and over regarding drinking and driving. If you have been arrested for underage drinking and driving, trust in the criminal defense attorneys at Vander Horst Law Office, P.C. We fight to protect your rights and future.

Know The Law For Underage Drinking And Driving

Michigan has zero tolerance for underage drinking and driving. Therefore, law enforcement in southwest Michigan heavily patrols college towns and other areas to crack down on the offense. If you are under 21 and you register any alcohol in your blood while driving, the police can charge you with OWI. You do not have to meet the .08 BAC (blood alcohol content) set for those 21 and over. You can face charges for anything over .02 BAC or any amount of alcohol consumed for nonreligious purposes.

Individuals convicted for underage drinking and driving face serious penalties, including fines (up to $250), driver's license restriction or suspension (30 days), community service (up to 45 days) and points on your driving record. Additional violations may include jail time and a driver's license suspension. The conviction stays on your record for seven years, and may affect your employment prospects. In addition, college students may face other consequences, such as loss of student loans, scholarships and housing penalties.

Don't let a mistake in judgment ruin your education and future.

If you are facing criminal charges for underage drinking and driving, you can trust that we will do everything we can to mitigate the circumstances of your case. When possible, we will strive to get the charges dropped or reduced to minimize consequences.

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