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Illinois Underage DUI

Illinois is what is known as a Zero Tolerance state. Possession and/or consumption of alcohol by anyone under 21 years old is illegal. A person who is under 21 years old and operates a motor vehicle after drinking or using drugs can be charged with a DUI. Along with a criminal charge for a DUI, underage drivers are subject to some very stiff administrative sanctions regarding their driver’s license.

Underage DUI & Driver’s License Suspension

Under Zero-Tolerance Suspension, failure of a breathalyzer by an underage driver will lead to a suspension of their driving privileges. Any alcohol at all in the system will lead to a three-month suspension. Refusal to submit to testing will result in a six month suspension. 

Drivers under 21 years old are also subject to the Illinois Statutory Summary Suspension, just like drivers over 21 years old. For a BAC of .08% or over they are subject to a 6 month suspension, and one year for refusal to submit to chemical testing.

Underage DUI & Potential Criminal Penalties

For a first time underage DUI, it is a Class A misdemeanor. A conviction can be up to 364 days in county jail, and up to a $2,500 fine. The defendant must also complete a drug and alcohol evaluation and all recommended treatment. Offenders must also attend a victim impact panel, commonly known as a VIP. Underage offenders may also be required to attend a youthful intoxicated driver’s program, and their driving privileges will be suspended for two years. In some situations, the underage driver may be able to get a Restricted Driving Permit (RDP).

Why You Should Contact a DUI Attorney

While all the information provided here seems grim, there are options available for drivers under 21 that have been charged with a DUI. Having an experienced DUI lawyer can make a huge difference. Our DUI Attorney Josh Reeves can lay out all your options, and discuss all possible defenses to get you the best possible outcome.

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