Young adults in New Jersey anxiously await their 21st birthdays. In the United States, it is illegal to purchase or consume alcohol under the age of 21. No matter what age you are, it is illegal to drive while intoxicated. So, when someone under 21 is caught driving under the influence of alcohol, he or she is breaking multiple laws. As a result, an underage DWI can carry serious penalties. Read on to learn more about underage DWIs in New Jersey and the associated penalties.
There is a zero-tolerance law in New Jersey that ensures those who drink and drive are held responsible for their actions. If an underage driver has a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of even 0.01% while operating a vehicle, they can receive an underage DWI charge. Usually, these cases are heard in municipal court. However, it is important to note that underage drivers who have a BAC over 0.08% can be charged as an adult and face the same DWI penalties as that of an of age driver.
When an underage driver receives a DWI charge, he or she will usually be subject to the following:
If you or a loved one has been charged with an underage DWI, contact our firm today. We will examine all possible options and fight on your behalf.
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