As a student attending college in Virginia, you’ll also likely be going to parties or having social outings with friends. However, as Mark B. Arthur will show, this does not make drinking and driving a viable choice. In fact, you could face even harsher penalties than an adult if convicted.
First of all, know that if you are under the age of 21, the legal limit for your blood alcohol content level (BAC) is actually .02 BAC. Compare this to the legal limit for people 21 and older, which is .08 BAC. Additionally, depending on a person’s metabolism, it may only take a very small amount of alcohol to reach .02 BAC on a breath analysis test. This strict policy of no tolerance is intended to deter young people from taking risks with their lives and others while behind the wheel.
In addition to that, the penalties that you risk facing are often very strict. They can include periods of license suspension or even revocation. You would also have an established criminal record which can impact your life in numerous ways. It could make it harder for you to get into certain colleges, to apply for some jobs, or to become licensed for many things, especially jobs that would require you to drive.
If you would like to read more about facing an underage DUI charge and how it can impact your life, take a look at our linked webpage here. You can learn about the consequences you may face, and discover ways to combat your charges in court.