If you face underage drunk driving charges as a teen, or have concerns about your child due to these allegations, reviewing the unique details surrounding the case and your options is essential. Some young drivers and their loved ones find themselves in this position unexpectedly due to Arizona’s zero-tolerance policy with respect to drivers under 21.
Unfortunately, drunk driving charges can shatter a young person’s life. Aside from immediate consequences, you could also encounter problems in the future due to DUI charges.
Arizona has a zero-tolerance DUI policy for drivers under 21
The Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety reports that for drivers under 21, it is against the law to operate a motor vehicle with any alcohol in one’s system. Therefore, you could face drunk driving charges if you have a minute amount of alcohol. For young drivers, this means that even a single drink can lead to serious charges. Some young drivers do not realize that minute amounts of alcohol remain in their system after having a drink, and some are wrongly accused of driving after consuming alcohol altogether.
The consequences of underage DUI charges
For starters, an underage DUI could result in the suspension of your driver’s license. Aside from the loss of your driving privileges, the court could impose other penalties, and you could struggle with high levels of anxiety due to the accusations. Later on, you could face difficulties while trying to apply for a job because of your record. DUI charges can also shatter your reputation and shatter relationships with friends and loved ones.
If you face underage DUI charges, make sure you immediately assess your options and do what you can to secure a more favorable outcome.