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What penalties could you face for a DUI when you’re underage?

On Behalf of | Jan 3, 2023 | DUI

Facing a DUI conviction is a worrying time for anyone. When you’re underage and are still weighing up your options for your career and college, it can feel like the end of the world.

Does this mean you’re going to lose your license? Is it going to stop you from going to college? These are probably just a couple of the questions that will be going through your mind. The best thing you can do is to understand how North Dakota treats DUI cases for underage drinkers.

An Underage DUI conviction comes with a license suspension

North Dakota has a “zero tolerance” policy for underage drinking and driving.

This means that it is illegal for drivers under the legal drinking age of 21 to operate a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.02 or more. Drivers with a BAC between 0.02 and 0.07 will find themselves facing a 91-day driving license suspension for a first offense if found guilty.

A second offense while under the age of 21, and within five years, will result in a one year license suspension and for a third or subsequent violation within one year, the suspension will be two years.

When does a North Dakota underage DUI driver face standard penalties?

The regular DUI penalties apply to underage drivers who are found operating a vehicle with a BAC of.08% or higher or when impaired by drugs or alcohol.

A regular DUI conviction may result in fines, jail time, and license suspension, depending on the situation.

Facing a DUI when underage can be a very difficult experience, especially if it’s the first time you’ve ever been arrested. What penalties you’ll face depend on the facts specific to your case, but seeking early legal assistance is the best way to navigate the legal system.