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Arizona’s harsh underage drinking and driving penalties

teen drunk driving arrestAccording to Arizona Revised Statute § 4-244.33, it is illegal for a person under twenty-one years of age to operate or be in actual physical control of a motor vehicle while the person has any alcohol in his or her body regardless of whether the person’s ability to drive was actually impaired.  Further, an underage drinker charged with drinking and driving may be subject to the same drinking and driving consequences that an adult convicted of a DUI would receive.  Specifically, for the first DUI violation, an underage drinker may be convicted of a class one misdemeanor and may receive penalties such as a 2-year license suspension, jail time, fines, vehicle ignition interlock, probation, community service and alcohol-related education classes.  In addition, a conviction of underage drinking and driving will remain on a person’s record and could affect his or her future in areas such as employment opportunities and entrance to college.

If you have been arrested for teenage drunk driving, contact an Arizona criminal defense lawyer at Oracle Law Group Office P.C.