Children make mistakes- this is part of growing and learning. Unfortunately, some mistakes can last a lifetime. When an individual under the age of 21 consumes alcohol and operates a car, he or she can face serious consequences that may have a severe impact on the future. Read on to learn more about underage DWI charges in New Jersey.
New Jersey takes drinking and driving very seriously. In fact, the state has implemented a zero-tolerance law to hold those who drink and drive accountable. 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, but 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, he or she may face serious penalties. These penalties are in place to deter the individual from engaging in the same behavior again, and to help get him back on the right track. These penalties may include:
If you are facing charges for an underage DWI, reach out to our firm today. We will explore all possible avenues of defense.
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