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Murfreesboro Underage DUI Attorney

Helping Tennessee families for two decades

Like in most other states, the legal drinking age in Tennessee is 21. If someone under 21 imbibes, he or she may face criminal charges for drinking if he or she tests at a blood alcohol content level of .02 or higher. Additionally, if the underage person drinks and then drives, he or she may face stiff penalties for underage DUI. There are, however, certain exceptions to this rule. For example, if a person drinks for religious purposes, he or she may be able to avoid these consequences. It is important to contact an experienced Tennessee DUI attorney if you or your child is facing charges for underage DUI. At the Law Office of David L. Scott, our DUI attorney understands an underage DUI can have long-lasting effects and is dedicated to protecting your future.

Explaining underage DUI

While the BAC level for a person age 21 or over is .08 percent, this standard is much lower for underage drinkers at .02 percent. Underage drinkers are responsible for causing a disproportionate number of automotive accidents, so Tennessee lawmakers and prosecutors take a firm stance against them by subjecting criminal defendants to harsher penalties.

In order to convict a person for this offense, the prosecution must establish the following:

  • The defendant was driving or was in physical control of a motor vehicle
  • The defendant was under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • The defendant had a blood alcohol content level of .02 percent or higher

The prosecution does not have to show a clear link between the amount of alcohol and actual impairment. The 0.02 percent BAC level is considered a per se amount that the law assumes equals impairment for underage drinkers.

Fighting against severe penalties

The potential penalties for being convicted of underage DUI are harsh. A first-time offender may be sentenced to jail for up to 11 months, face a fine between $350 and $1,000 and lose his or her license for a year. For a second offense, the defendant may face a year in jail, pay a fine up to $3,500 and lose driving privileges for two years. These penalties can have a lasting effect on a young person, potentially interfering with their ability to find a job, get to work, or complete an educational program. Young offenders may also be sentenced to community service, be required to pay court costs, be sentenced to probation, or face other penalties. After an underage DUI conviction, it can be extremely difficult to find an insurance provider willing to insure the driver. If insurance is found, it will come at a steep price.

These penalties are in addition to any other penalties that are imposed by a related conviction, such as minor in possession, distributing alcohol to other minors or soliciting alcohol.

Underage drinking and driving is serious, contact our experienced Murfreesboro DUI attorney for legal guidance

When facing serious charges, contacting an experienced criminal defense lawyer is important. Tennessee DUI attorney David L. Scott has provided quality legal representation since 1996, defending the rights of people who face serious criminal charges including DUI and underage DUI.  Contact the Law Office of David L. Scott at our convenient Murfreesboro office by calling 615-896-7656 to schedule a free consultation, or contact us online.

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

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722 South Church Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37130

Phone: 615-896-7656

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4322 Harding Pike #417
Nashville, TN 37205

Phone: 615-203-8062

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Based in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, we are pleased to serve clients throughout Middle Tennessee in Murfreesboro, Smyrna, Franklin, Brentwood, Nashville, Woodbury, McMinnville, Manchester, Shelbyville, Lebanon, Mount Juliet and other communities in Rutherford County, Williamson County, Cannon County, Bedford County, Davidson County, Wilson County and Coffee County.

 
     

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