Being convicted of an OUI under 21 can result in heavy fines, license suspension, and a jail sentence. Working with a practical and aggressive attorney can protect your rights and help keep you driving.
Penalties for underage OUI
Any driver under 21 who is convicted of or pleas to driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol can face extreme penalties, including:
- Any underage driver who registers at .02 or higher while operating a vehicle will have a 30-day license suspension, and a 210-day suspension if they plea to the charges or are convicted, along with more than $2,500 in fees and fines and the requirement to complete an alcohol treatment program, with attendance once weekly for 16 weeks.
- If a driver is under 21 and registers at .20 BAC will be required to enroll in and complete a 14 day inpatient alcohol program.
- A law enforcement officer will take the learner’s permit or driver’s license and notify the RMV that the license was suspended. The RMV will issue a Youth Alcohol Program suspension for 1 year if the operator is under 18-years of age and 180-days if 18 or older, which continues after the 30-day suspension is completed.
- If found “not guilty” of OUI, the RMV will not just reinstate the driver’s license. The Youth Alcohol Program suspension is a separate matter that a skilled underage OUI lawyer must address.
- If registering at .08 or more in the breath test, an underage driver will face the standard OUI penalties, which include fines up to $5,000, jail time up to 2 ½ years, and one year driver’s license suspension. Or the alternative disposition of probation for one year, 210 day license suspension and program requirement.
- Refusing the breath test: A breath test refusal will lead to license or learner’s permit suspension or revocation for three years.