DUI Under 21: Introduction
A frequently asked question we get regarding a DUI under 21 years of age has to do with chemical tests and subsequent consequences of driving privileges. The question is as follows: “If you are under the age of 21 and are stopped by the police for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, do you have to submit to a chemical test before you are arrested?” The answer is simply, yes, you do have to submit to a chemical test before you are arrested.
What Does The Law Say About This?
If you are under the age of 21, different rules apply to you with regards to chemical testing while on the road. Under the law, you don’t have to be arrested before you are tested for driving under the influence of alcohol. In cases where the person is under 21, the officer must only have reason to believe that you are under the influence. If the officer can support his/her belief and request that the person under 21 take a chemical test, the person must comply or be subject to consequences.
What’s The Penalty Involved?
If you are caught driving with .01% alcohol in your system, you are subject to a 1 year license suspension. Additionally, if you refuse to take the chemical test, you are also subject to a 1 year license suspension.
We Can Help
If you or someone you know is facing a DUI charge and is under the age of 21, your best option is to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney to help you navigate the difficult course ahead. The Law Offices of Mark A. Gallagher has been handling these types of DUI cases successfully for over 20 years. Attorney Gallagher and his team will ensure that you have a fighting chance at getting the best possible outcome for your case. Call our offices at 800-797-87406 for a free consultation or visit https://www.socaldefenselawyers.com for more information.