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Virginia Underage DUI Laws

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Virginia has a drinking age of 21 years old. There are few exceptions to this law and it is only legal for someone under age 21 to consume alcohol if they are on private premises that does not sell alcohol and have consent from their legal guardian. In order to be arrested for a DUI, the underage drinker must show a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) level of .02% or higher. The penalties for an underage DUI offense are harsh due to the disproportionate number of fatalities in alcohol-related accidents that involve underage drinkers. While underage drinkers only make up 10% of drivers, they account for 14% of fatalities in DUI- related accidents.

What penalties can follow an underage DUI offense in VA?

The potential consequences for this offense depends on if it is the first or subsequent offense. For a first drunk driving conviction in Virginia, you may be facing up to 10 days in prison, a fine between $500 and $1,000 and license suspension for up to one year. If you have a prior DUI offense and are facing a second drunk driving conviction, you could be facing at least 10 days in prison, a fine between $500 and $1,000 and license suspension for up to three years.

Further penalties can be added if there are other charges involved, such as minor in possession, possession of false identification or distributing alcohol to other minors. Be sure to avoid the harsh penalties on the line by building a solid defense to your charges. You need to team up with a Virginia Beach criminal lawyer from my firm for help. As a former prosecutor, I know the methods of prosecution in underage DUI cases.

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