The drinking age in Florida is 21, making it illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to consume alcohol. Any underage driver who is found with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .02 or higher will receive an administrative suspension of one’s driving privileges. In all reality, this zero tolerance law results in a reality of underage individuals not being able to consume even one alcoholic drink and subsequently operate a vehicle.
If you are under 21 and register a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.5 or higher, you will be required to complete a substance abuse class. Likewise, an underage person also is subject to Florida’s regular Driving Under the Influence statute, meaning a juvenile can also suffer criminal prosecution for Driving Under the Influence much as an adult over the age of 21. If you were recently charged, it is imperative that you move quickly to obtain legal representation.
Panama City DUI Attorney Albert J. Sauline, III understands the gravity of underage alcohol offenses. He is prepared to utilize more than 19 years of legal experience and his background as a former Prosecutor to fight for you in the courtroom. Voted the #1 Attorney in the Best of Bay 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 you can have confidence with Attorney Sauline by your side.
Understanding the Charges & Penalties for Underage Drivers
Florida’s criminal justice system frowns upon underage drivers arrested for DUI. Despite being a juvenile, the consequences can be severe. For example, an individual driving at the age of 16 or 18 will be prosecuted in adult criminal Court with DUI charges, notwithstanding their juvenile age. Depending on the BAC of the driver, penalties can include the same punishments as applicable to an adult, other than any jail time would actually be in a juvenile detention facility until one turns the age of 18, at which time one would be moved to an adult jail facility.
Along with Driving Under the Influence, however, an underage drinker, or those assisting individuals under the age of 21 to consume alcohol, may also be charged with a number of other indictments, including:
- Distributing alcohol to minors
- Soliciting alcohol
- Child endangerment law violations
- Minor in possession
- Possession of false identification
- Moving violations
The sting of such charges can be long-lasting, affecting not only your reputation, but both your car insurance and your personal freedoms. It is simply not worth taking any chances with your case. The sooner you consult an attorney, the better it will be for your case in the long run.
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As you consider what the future holds, you may feel fearful and anxious. This is entirely natural, but much of this can be alleviated when you speak with Attorney Sauline. He takes the time to address his clients’ concerns and is intentional about keeping them closely involved every step of the way. His legal team operates on efficiency, always working to stay one step ahead of the prosecution.
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