Underage drinking is a serious problem in the United States. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, about 1 in 5 high school students report drinking alcohol in the past month. And of those who drink, about 1 in 4 report binge drinking.

When underage drinkers get behind the wheel, they are putting themselves and others at risk. In fact, underage drivers are more likely to be involved in fatal car crashes than older drivers.

If you are facing charges for underage DUI, you need to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Rudolphi Law has the attorney and the experience to help you fight these charges and protect your rights.

What is Underage DUI?

Underage DUI is the act of driving a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol or drugs while being under the age of 21. The legal limit for blood alcohol concentration (BAC) for underage drivers in Virginia is 0.02%. This means that if you are under the age of 21, you can be arrested for DUI if your BAC is 0.02% or higher.

Understanding the Severity of Underage DUI

The consequences of an underage DUI are severe and long-lasting. Beyond legal penalties like fines and possible jail time, an underage DUI conviction can have devastating effects on educational and employment opportunities. As a Fairfax criminal attorney who have defended many such cases, we understand that the stakes are high.

There are a number of factors that can contribute to underage DUI, including:

Peer Pressure: The influence of friends or classmates who encourage drinking and driving as a form of social validation or acceptance.

Easy Access to Alcohol: The availability of alcohol at parties, social gatherings, or even within the home can make it easier for underage individuals to consume alcohol.

Lack of Education: Inadequate awareness about the severe consequences and risks of DUI, both legal and physical, can lead to poor decision-making.

Emotional Stress or Mental Health Issues: Some young people turn to alcohol as a coping mechanism for stress, depression, or other mental health issues, which can subsequently lead to DUI when combined with driving.