The state of Virginia handles intoxicated driving charges differently for drivers under age 21 than it does for an adult. Because an underage DUI conviction can leave you or your child with a permanent criminal record, it is important to be proactive in your defense.
At The Law Office of C.W. Roop, PLLC, our founding attorney, Christopher W. Roop, is a former state trooper and understands DUI arrests from law enforcement's point of view. He understands how the state will build its case against a young driver, and will seek options that will preserve their future opportunities.
Do not delay in getting aggressive representation on this charge — call our office at 276-352-4172.
Legal Ramifications Of An Underage Intoxicated Driving Charge
The legal age for alcohol consumption in Virginia is 21. Drivers under that age who are found to have a blood alcohol content (BAC) of more than .02 percent are considered legally intoxicated.
If an underage driver is stopped on suspicion of DUI, police officers can also charge them with:
Minor in possession of alcohol (using the BAC level as evidence)
Distributing alcohol to other minors (if there are underage passengers who are inebriated)
Violating laws against using fake IDs to buy liquor
Any other moving violations or traffic infractions the officer may notice during the stop
Going forward, a DUI conviction can interfere with getting job offers, as well as applications for loans and security clearances. Colleges and universities may expel or suspend students convicted of DUI, or may decline to accept their application to study there.
Options For Underage DUI Situations
Our firm's lawyer will work with you to build a strong defense for the young driver, and keep the case focused on the best ways for them to move forward constructively. He can also help them obtain a restricted license during the court proceedings, so that they can continue to drive to work and school. Depending on your circumstances, you may qualify for a diversion program, such as the VASAP program, which focuses on education and treatment, and may lead to a dismissal of charges if the program is completed successfully.
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