If you are under 21 and get a DUI in California, the consequences can be at times worse than an adult in the same situation.
If a person under 21 has a breath alcohol content over 0.01, a no tolerance policy in California kicks in, and the young person can be charged with a DUI. If that person has a BAC over 0.05 and under 0.08, he or she can also be charged under California Vehicle Code section 23140, which requires a ONE YEAR suspension of their California driver's license. One can get a limited license only after showing hardship, such as needing to support a family, having an ill family member, and there is no alternative transportation available. Suffice to say, getting such a license is rare.
In addition, a person under 21 must take the Preliminary Alcohol Screening test, while an adult driver can refuse such a test.
A young driver under 21, facing such obstacles, is wise to seek the advise of a California DUI lawyer as soon as possible to try and reduce the consequences of these laws.
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