What are the potential penalties of an underage drunk driving conviction in Virginia?

Virginia’s Zero Tolerance Law makes it a crime for a person who is under the age of 21 to drive with any alcohol in their system. In other words, it is illegal for someone who is under 21 to drive after even just one drink. A driver who is under 21 may be arrested, and ultimately convicted, for driving under the influence of alcohol if that driver has a blood-alcohol content (BAC) higher than 0.0%.

The penalties for drunk driving include, but may not be limited to:

  • Jail time
  • Financial penalties including fines and court costs
  • A suspension of your driver’s license
  • Probation
  • Mandatory community service
  • Attendance at an alcohol education program
  • Criminal conviction which could have a negative impact on college admissions and job applications

While not every driver will incur every Virginia DUI penalty, you will not know your sentence until you are sentenced. Thus, it is important to contact an experienced Northern Virginia DUI attorney as soon as you learn of your arrest. Your Virginia drunk driving defense lawyer will make sure that all of your rights are protected and will fight hard for a fair outcome.

Do not let a bad decision in your young adult years have a long-term negative impact on your future. Instead, please contact our experienced Fairfax DUI lawyers for more information about your rights and about how we may be able to help you. We welcome your call at (703) 385-5529.