What happens if I’m convicted of DUI and I am underage?

If you are under 21 and found guilty of underage DUI, your penalties will include:

  • Mandatory six (6) month license suspension
  • Jail time depending on breath/blood alcohol level (BAC) and other factors
  • Mandatory alcohol education
  • Community service
  • Fines up to $2,000
  • Increased insurance premiums for up to five (5) years

Anyone charged with DUI faces very serious consequences and finds themselves in a frightening situation. If you are under the age of 21 the consequences have the potential to become even more serious as it is illegal for someone under the age of 21 to purchase or consume alcohol, let alone get behind the wheel of a vehicle while under the influence. Florida has a zero tolerance policy for persons under 21 who are believed to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol while they are operating a vehicle.

A driver under the age of 21 suspected of being DUI (under the influence of drugs or alcohol) must submit to breath and/or blood tests. As a result of Florida’s zero tolerance policy for underage drivers, the maximum blood alcohol content for a person under 21 is .02%. The mere fact that someone accused of DUI is under 21 will not result in sympathy, nor will the State Attorney’s Office cut you any slack. In fact, under Florida law, juveniles arrested for DUI are prosecuted in adult court.

In addition, most of those arrested for DUI and are under 21 face serious consequences such as not getting certain jobs, losing scholarships, being denied acceptance into college or graduate school programs, obtaining professional licenses and even being expelled from school altogether.