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What if someone under 21 faces drunk driving charges in Virginia?

Driving under the influence of alcohol is a widespread problem in Manassas and throughout Virginia. Since it is such a dangerous behavior that can result in injuries and death, law enforcement officers and legislators are constantly trying to lower the number of those driving drunk. However, simply because a person is stopped on suspicion of drunk driving does not automatically mean they are guilty.

If a person is convicted of drunk driving, they can face a loss of their driving privileges, fines and jail time. For those who are under the age of 21, being accused of drunk driving is a multi-layered problem. Having a legal defense is key for people in this situation. A person under 21 is not legally allowed to drink alcohol in the state. If they also get behind the wheel, their blood-alcohol concentration cannot exceed 0.02 percent.

When an underage person is charged with drunk driving, the charge is a Class 1 misdemeanor. The penalties for a conviction will be the loss of their driver's license for one year from the date of the conviction and a minimum fine of $500 or they could be required to perform at least 50 hours of community service. While the suspension is in place, the person could be given the alternative punishment of enrolling in an Alcohol Safety Action Program, which might allow them to have a restricted license.

Those who are accused of underage drinking and driving will face similar penalties to those who are over 21. When a person under 21 is charged with drunk driving, it can negatively impact their lives, as they will lose their driving privileges, face higher insurance rates, need to pay various fines and more. A law firm that specializes in DUI defense can be useful for people of any age and should be called for advice and guidance.

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