According to the Center for Disease Control, alcohol contributes to the deaths of over 4,000 people below the age of 21 every year, with more than 1,500 of those involving car accidents. To promote the safety of young people, Wisconsin law specifies the consequences for a variety of underage drinking offenses, including driving and drinking. If you have been arrested for underage DUI, you need an attorney who can help you understand your rights and ensure that you are treated fairly.
Penalties Under Wisconsin’s “Not a Drop” Law
Underage drivers are subject to more stringent restrictions than drivers over the age of 21 because of Wisconsin’s absolute sobriety, or “Not a Drop,” policy. If you are underage, you may be arrested if you are found to have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.00 to 0.08, a range that is within the legal limit for drivers of a legal drinking age.
Certain circumstances have the potential to increase your penalties. For example, if you are arrested under the absolute sobriety law when another person under the age of 16 is in your car, your license can be suspended for up to six months. If you refuse a BAC test, or if your BAC is above 0.08, you may face similar penalties to adult drivers. If you injure or kill another person while driving under the influence, you can face the more serious penalties for injury by intoxicated use of a vehicle.
Contact a Milwaukee Criminal Defense Attorney
No matter the severity of your offense, the attorneys at Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown, LLP, will give you the best possible representation. We understand the dangers of drinking and driving, but we also believe that underage drinkers should not face undue harm under the law. We can help you avoid conviction or ensure a fair sentence that allows you to learn from your behavior and become a safer driver in the future. Contact a Milwaukee DUI defense lawyer today at 414-271-1440.