It is a crime for any person under the age of 21 years to drive after consuming any alcohol. If an underage person drinks and drives, they will face penalties under Minnesota’s “Not A Drop” law and possibly the DWI laws. If you have been charged with underage consumption in a motor vehicle, call Minneapolis DWI attorney, Gerald Miller, today.
The “Not A Drop” law does not require proof that the driver was over 0.08%. To be arrested, all that is required is the underage driver show signs of consuming any amount of alcohol.
Underage Consumption in a Motor Vehicle Consequences
In Minnesota, penalties are the same for underage individuals as they are for adults. A 4th degree DWI is a misdemeanor offense which is punishable by up to 90 days in jail and/or a $1000 fine. License plate impoundment and forfeiture of the vehicle used in the incident are also applicable. This may be confusing and you may have questions, so contact a Minneapolis DWI attorney to get the answers you need to sure up your defense.
Possible Driver’s License Sanctions
There are several alcohol-related laws that apply specifically to underage drivers. The exact age of an individual makes a difference. A first time underage drinking and driving conviction for an individual between 18-20 years of age can result in a loss of driving privileges for up to 180 days. However, the driver may be eligible for a work permit 15 days after the license has been revoked.
Whereas, a first time underage drinking and driving conviction for an individual under the age of 18 can also result in a loss of driving privileges for up to 180 days. However, the driver may not be eligible for a work permit 90 days after the license has been revoked.
Also consider when it comes to driving records juveniles do not have the protection of juvenile court where a record may be sealed.
Should I Call a Minnesota DWI Attorney?
The first time someone is charged with a crime it can be a very stressful and confusing time. Experience matters with a crime as complex as DWI. Gerald Miller PA, a Minneapolis DWI attorney, has over 30 years of experience helping and guiding people through these frightening and difficult times. Contact Gerald Miller PA today at 612-341-9080 for a free consultation.
For more information see the Minnesota 4th Degree Driving While Impaired Statute 169A.27.
See also Minnesota Underage Drinking and Driving Statute 169A.33.
See also Under 21 DWI / DUI Penalties.
See also Minor Consumption Violation.