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About underage DUI and the disruption to your future

On Behalf of | Aug 12, 2019 | Criminal Defense

If law enforcement arrests you on suspicion of DUI , you will face more than the legal penalties.

As a driver under the age of 21, an arrest for drunk driving will complicate your life in the coming days and weeks, but a conviction will complicate your future.

About the law

If a police officer stops you on suspicion of drunk driving and testing reveals any amount of alcohol whatsoever in your bloodstream, you are in violation of the law, and the penalties in Minnesota for DUI are strict. For example, driver’s license suspension is automatic in every drunk driving case. Keep in mind that if your blood alcohol content level is .08% or above, you will face the same penalties as a driver age 21 or older. Among others, these can include installation of an ignition interlock device in your vehicle, community service, drug and alcohol testing, and possible jail time.

Looking ahead

You may still be in high school anticipating the application process for college admittance. Depending on their policy toward misdemeanors and felonies, a DUI conviction on your record may prevent you from attending the college of your choice. That same mark may also make it difficult for you to find employment. College admissions personnel and company recruiters routinely perform background checks on applicants. On the internet, your background information including the DUI is readily available. The DUI will also have an impact on the rates for your auto insurance. In fact, when you are eligible for reinstatement of your driver’s license, you will have to show proof that you obtained SR22 auto insurance, which is more expensive than standard coverage.

Seeking assistance

If law enforcement arrests you for driving under the influence of alcohol, explore your legal options promptly. Considering how running afoul of the law could affect your future, you will want the best outcome possible for your case.