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Underage DWI: The Zero Tolerance Policy

DWI laws reflect the standardized conditions which have been put in place to regulate drinking and driving among individuals who get behind the wheel.
As such, these are laws that are intended to be applicable to drivers of all ages, ethnicities, etc.
When the individual accused of driving while intoxicated is underage (meaning that they have not yet reached the legal drinking age of 21 years) the circumstances of the situation are subject to alteration under the law, as the offense is slightly different than that of a typical DWI arrest.
Of primary concern to law makers and enforcers of underage DWI cases is the fact that more than one offense has been violated.
Aside from the standard violations associated with a DWI arrest and/ or conviction, minors who are guilty of this type of offense are also guilty of breaking the age limit law.
Under normal offenses of driving while intoxicated, it must be proven that driving behaviors were impaired due to intoxication; or the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of a suspected individual is at or above.
08%; or other specified substances of an illegal nature can be identified in a person's body within the timespan of two hours from the time that a motor vehicle was under that individual's operation.
However, for individuals between the ages of 16 and 17 who have lawfully obtained their state driver's license, additional statutes apply.
Unlike other criminal offenses which minors could be accused of, DWI cases will not be tried in the juvenile courts.
Instead, they too will be subject to the jurisdiction of the adult court system.
This means that juvenile offenders of DWI will face the same set of consequences as those which are applicable to adults being tried for similar causes.
Under the category of misdemeanor offenses includes individuals under the age of 21 who are found to be in violation of the drinking age law.
Consumption of alcohol without parental consent and supervision, as well as the purchase or attempt at purchasing alcohol in any liquor store or bar are cause for legal action.
In addition, the possession of alcohol with the intent to consume and the falsifying of one's age with the intent of purchasing alcohol could both land a minor with misdemeanor charges.
The laws for underage alcohol offenders who are caught driving while intoxicate reflect a more harsh series of penalties, including license suspension.
Under state law, the consumption of alcohol - even mere physical evidence which suggests the consumption of alcohol - within a motor vehicle being operated by a minor is cause for legal action.
While violators of this law could be tried and convicted of punishments equal to that of adult perpetrators, they are held to slightly different standards of offense.
The legal limit of intoxication,.
08%, will be effectively irrelevant in DWI cases involving minors.
This is because the state of Minnesota enforces a zero tolerance policy meaning that any amount of alcohol consumption will be deemed legally unacceptable, regardless of whether or not the amount falls below.
However, as the level of intoxication among juveniles increases, so too will the penalties inflicted on these individuals.
Minnesota's underage DWI laws are not unlike those of many other states.
In fact, they are quite similar.
Across the board, states throughout the nation have a low tolerance for underage violators of alcohol consumption.
That being said, it is safe to assume that no matter where you are in the United States, if you are found to be drinking and driving under the age of 21, you will likely be in for serious court proceedings and legal punishments.
Therefore, at the time of an arrest for DWI you should immediately begin to plan on obtaining aggressive legal defense on your behalf.
No matter how close in age you to being legally of age, no matter how little you may have had to drink, no matter where the DWI offense took place, as a juvenile offender you will be subject to harsh penalties.
Therefore, you should take heed to obtain the sound legal defense of a DWI attorney as soon as possible.

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