Jacksonville Underage DUI Defense Attorneys
Representing Individuals under the Age of 21 against DUI Charges
The state of Florida has a “zero-tolerance” policy for underage drinking and driving. This means that if you are under the age of 21, it is illegal to operate any motor vehicle (cars, motorcycles, boats, etc.) with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.02%. To put this into perspective, this is much lower than the allowable limit of below 0.08% for those over the age of 21.
If you have been charged with or if your child has been arrested for underage DUI in Jacksonville, or Duval, Clay, Nassau, and St. Johns counties, contact Monroe & King, P.A. right away. The penalties for underage DUI in Florida are severe and could have lasting, life-altering consequences.
What Happens If You Are Arrested for Underage DUI in Florida?
If you are under the age of 21 and you are pulled over and cited for DUI, you face similar penalties as those over the legal drinking age. Florida has a “zero-tolerance” underage drinking and driving rule, meaning you can be charged with underage DUI if your BAC is 0.02% or higher.
Underage drivers cannot receive jail time for a DUI conviction, but that does not mean they don’t face harsh penalties if they are pulled over for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
If convicted, you face the following penalties:
- First-time offense: Up to 6 months driver’s license suspension
- Second or subsequent conviction: Up to 1 year driver's license suspension
- BAC was 0.05% or higher: Mandatory DUI evaluation and course
- Thousands of dollars in fines
- Community service
Underage DUIs do not go through the standard criminal DUI process; instead, they are handled through an administrative process conducted by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. If an underage driver is pulled over for drunk driving but refuses a breathalyzer, blood, or another chemical BAC test, he or she is subject to an automatic license seizure and suspension of 12 to 18 months (depending on various factors).
How Our Firm Can Help
In order to legally stop an individual on suspicion of drunk driving, the arresting officer must have probable cause. Additionally, he or she must property conduct field sobriety and/or chemical tests. Failure to do so can result in a case being thrown out.
At Monroe & King, P.A., we can work to determine if the arresting officer had probable cause to pull you over/stop your child on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs. In some cases, we may also be able to challenge the results of a field sobriety or chemical test.
In addition to these DUI defense strategies, we can assist underage motorists in applying for hardship licenses. A hardship license allows you to continue driving to/from work when your driver’s license is suspended, as long as you have an ignition interlock device (IID) installed on your vehicle. An IID is a device that requires the driver to measure his/her BAC by way of breath testing before the vehicle can be turned on/operated.
No matter how grave or serious your situation may be, our Jacksonville underage DUI defense lawyers are prepared to advocate for your rights. We have extensive experience in all aspects of Florida DUI laws and can help you seek the best possible outcome in your case.
Call us today for a complimentary case evaluation: (904) 474-3115.
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