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Understanding Juvenile DUI in the State of California

Potential Consequences of a Juvenile DUI

Even though your child is still under the age of 21, a juvenile DUI conviction can bring long-term consequences, which can negatively impact his or her future. While many young adults make mistakes, this is one mistake may not be able to be filed away under “youthful indiscretion,” unless you seek the help of a knowledgeable juvenile DUI attorney. The penalties can come in the form of legal and non-legal consequences and include the following:

  • If your child is has a BAC of 0.01% or higher, his or her license may be suspended for a period of one year for a first offense.
  • If your child refuses to submit to a breath test, he or she may receive a one-year license suspension, or 18 months suspension for subsequent refusals.
  • If your child’s BAC reading is 0.05% or higher, mandatory substance abuse counseling may be ordered and the 12 month driver’s license suspension will remain in effect.
  • If your child’s BAC was above 0.08%, he or she could be subject to up to 6 months in custody, fines up to $1,000, suspension of his or her driver's license, and three to five years of informal probation. In addition, your child will have to undergo an alcohol or drug education program up to 9 months.
  • Future employers may be able to access California juvenile records making it difficult for your child to obtain employment.
  • If your child’s juvenile arrest record is not sealed or expunged, it could potentially become public knowledge.
  • When your child applies to college, the arrest records could potentially have an adverse effect on that application.
  • Should your child want to join the military, his or her juvenile record could prohibit such a decision.

As you can see, there are some fairly harsh penalties for a juvenile DUI conviction and the social and school repercussions can add to the list.

Contact Oakland DUI Defense Lawyers

If you or someone you love has been arrested for DUI, it is imperative that you discuss your case with an experienced Oakland DUI defense lawyer as soon as possible. Call the Oakland Criminal Defense Lawyers at the Law Offices of Nabiel C. Ahmed today. Call today at (510) 907-6600 or fill out our confidential contact form for more information.

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