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The state of Arizona employs a zero tolerance law for anyone under 21 years of age who is caught driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.  If a person under 21 years old has any amount of alcohol in their system while driving, even if they show no signs of impairment, they can be charged with an “Underage DUI”.  The consequences an underage person faces when convicted with this type of DUI offense are severe and can affect many aspects of their life, so it is important to hire an experienced attorney who knows how to handle Underage DUI charges.

Underage alcohol consumption is a big deal in Phoenix, and in an effort to crack down on underage drinking, State agencies and prosecutors can be very harsh when dealing with underage defendants.  The penalties for a first offense Underage DUI conviction could include the following:

  • Fines and court costs totaling approximately $ 1700
  • License suspension for up to 2 years
  • Up to 180 days of jail time
  • A criminal record with a class 1 misdemeanor
  • Probation
  • Community Service
  • Alcohol abuse classes

In addition to these penalties, underage people attending high school or college in Phoenix risk being suspended or expelled from school, athletic teams and extra-curricular activities depending upon the rules of the particular institution.  Violating Arizona’s zero-tolerance alcohol policy is a very serious offense.

If you or your child has been charged with Underage DUI in Arizona, you need to take the proper steps to ensure that your rights are protected throughout your case.  Because Arizona law enforcement agencies are so devoted to halting underage drinking and driving, it is absolutely necessary that you contact an attorney to defend you.  If the prosecutor decides to insist on the maximum penalty, you or your loved one could be facing some serious and upsetting life changes.  With the proper defense you can help minimize the chances that you will receive a harsh sentence.