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Under 21 DUI Defense - Vehicle Code 23140

Here in the Golden State, we have a "zero tolerance" policy when it comes to underage drunk driving. Penalties for underage drunk drivers are severe. This is why it's important to have a strong legal team on your side. Call a Los Angeles DUI defense lawyer at Criminal Defense Incorporated today.

If you are accused or suspected of Under 21 DUI, call us at (800) 458-1488 immediately!

California Under 21 DUI Penalties

California's "zero tolerance" policy means the state is tough on drunk drivers. People under 21 found guilty of a DUI automatically get their license suspended for a year. California laws for underage DUI fall into three categories, based on your blood-alcohol content (BAC):

Vehicle Code 23136 - Underage Driving with a BAC of .01% or Higher

This is the least criminal DUI charge. Being charged with Vehicle Code 23136 isn't technically the same as being charged with a crime. This is because drivers with a BAC between .01% and .05% aren't legally drunk. Also, common medicines that contain alcohol can leave your BAC over .01%. The only penalty for this charge is a one year license suspension.

Vehicle Code 23140 - Underage Driving with a BAC of .05% or Higher

This is the most common underage DUI charge. Because anyone who gets caught with a BAC of .08% get charged as an adult, this is the charge the really means "Underage DUI." This charge won't lead to jail time. But, an underage DUI conviction will automatically lead to a one year license suspension and a fine. Drivers between 18-21 charged with DUI also have to attend a mandatory alcohol education program for at least three months.

Vehicle Code 23152 - Driving with a BAC of .08% or Higher

In California, ANYONE who blows a .08% or higher on the breathalyzer gets charged with a standard DUI. No matter your age, if you're legally drunk and driving, you'll be charged as an adult. This crime is a misdemeanor under California drunk driving law. The penalties for first time offenders are usually a one year license suspension, three to five years of probation, fines, and a three to nine month alcohol education program.

What are the California DUI defenses?

The legal team at Criminal Defense Incorporated has handled many underage DUI cases. Some of the common drunk driving defenses we've used include: errors made by law enforcement, bad breathalyzer tests, and inaccurate blood tests. Often, these cases include constitutional issues about unreasonable searches and seizures.

Contact a Los Angeles Lawyer at Criminal Defense Incorporated

The legal team at Criminal Defense Incorporated understand that young people make mistakes. We don't want these mistakes to affect a young person's life long-term. If your child has been charged with an underage DUI, contact us today.

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