What are the penalties for underage DWI?

On Behalf of | Jun 13, 2019 | Dwi/dui | 0 comments

Drinking and driving is a crime in Minnesota no matter what your age. However, when you are under the age of 21 and found to be drinking and driving, the penalties are a bit harsher. The effects of a DWI conviction will follow you for many years and could affect everything from getting insurance to getting a job. This is not something to take lightly.

The Office of Traffic Safety explains that you could go to jail if you get a DWI. The judge can put you in jail for up to one year. You will also lose your license and have to pay a fine. The exact punishment depends on your blood alcohol level. If you are under .08, which is the legal limit for adult drivers over the age of 21, you face up to 90 days in jails. You may have to pay a $700 fine as well. You will lose your license for 30 days. This is for a first-time offense.

If your blood alcohol level is higher than .08 or you have had a previous DWI, then you face stiffer fines, longer jail terms and longer license suspension periods. Regardless of your blood alcohol level or if you have a prior conviction, your DWI conviction stays on your record for 20 years. So, you will continue to face issues with it for a long time to come.

Furthermore, not only you may get in trouble. If law enforcement finds out an adult supplied you with the alcohol, he or she could face felony charges, jail time and liability for any injuries or damages that you caused. This information is for education and is not legal advice.