Dui Under Age 21: What Are The Penalties?

DUI charges can be serious under any circumstances, but they can be especially damaging to drivers under the age of 21. Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol can jeopardize their driver’s license and may even face jail time, costly fines, and employment prospects. For minors, however, DUI charges can be even more shocking, especially at a time when their entire life seems to be before them.

Because DUI charges can be so life-altering, it is important to understand what you, or your minor child, is up against if they were arrested for DUI.

In Alabama, DUI penalties for a minor may include:

  • Up to 1 year in jail
  • Fines between $600 – $2,100
  • Driver’s license suspension

The above-listed penalties apply to those convicted for a first DUI offense. However, if you are facing a second DUI charge within five years of your first offense, the consequences can be far more serious and can include additional jail time, more expensive fines, and driver’s license revocation.

Additional factors can escalate the charges laid against you in a DUI arrest of a minor. If there was a minor in the vehicle, or if the driver possessed a fake ID, illegal drugs, alcohol, or if they committed traffic violations, the charges may be more serious.

Why Call a DUI Attorney?

Handling a DUI charge can be extremely intimidating, especially if you are a minor with your entire life ahead of you. For that reason, we encourage you to discuss your case with our firm as soon as possible. Our team has ample experience defending those wrongly accused of DUI as a minor, and we can employ various defenses to help protect your rights and your future. We firmly believe everyone deserves to be heard, and however complex your case may seem, we’re prepared to provide you with the zealous legal advocacy you need and deserve.

Ready to get started? Contact Tidwell Law Group LLC today to discuss your case with our attorneys.