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Underage drunk driving and license suspension

On Behalf of | Jun 24, 2022 | Criminal Defense

If you currently face drunk driving charges and you are under the age of 21, it is essential to have a clear understanding of the different ways that these allegations could affect your life. In some cases, drunk driving charges pose the risk of time behind bars and significant financial penalties. You could suffer serious damage to your reputation if charged with driving drunk, and this case might affect your studies or employment.

In addition, it is important to understand how a drunk driving case could impact your driving privileges.

How long will license suspension last?

The Office of the Revisor of Statutes goes over a number of issues related to underage drunk driving charges. In Minnesota, it is against the law for someone under the age of 21 to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and they could face serious penalties, such as license suspension, if a law enforcement official detects alcohol in their system.

If charged with underage drunk driving for the first time, you could face a 30-day license suspension. However, you could lose your driving privileges for up to 180 days if you found yourself charged with underage drunk driving before.

How could license suspension affect you?

Losing your driver’s license could disrupt many facets of your life. For example, you could have difficulty getting to work or school and taking care of other important responsibilities. Additionally, license suspension can cause a considerable amount of stress and other negative emotions. If you worry about losing your license and other penalties associated with drunk driving charges, make sure you carefully go over the details of your case.