If you are under age 21, you face a minimum two-year driver’s license revocation for your first DUI conviction, in addition to the penalties that apply for DUI offenders age 21 and older. You are not eligible for an RDP until the second year of your revocation period. If you are under age 18 on a statutory summary suspension, you are not eligible for an MDDP and may be subject to remedial education and/or retesting before reinstatement of your driving privileges.
If you are under age 21 and convicted of DUI, you may be ordered by a judge, as a condition of probation or discharge, to participate in the Youthful Intoxicated Driver’s Visitation Program. You will undergo a comprehensive counseling session before visitation to determine if the program is appropriate. If approved, you may be sent on a supervised visit to a location where the results of alcoholism or DUI crashes may be viewed.
- First offense — Suspension of driving privileges for three months for a BAC of more than .00; suspension of driving privileges for six months for refusal to submit to or failure to complete testing.
- Second offense — Suspension of driving privileges for one year for a BAC of more than .00; suspension of driving privileges for two years for refusal to submit to or failure to complete testing.
Under the Zero Tolerance law, a police officer also may initiate a DUI arrest based on field sobriety tests or additional evidence.
Fraudulent or Fake ID Under age 21
It is illegal to use a fake ID card or another person’s ID card for the purpose of consuming alcohol. Using another person’s ID card or allowing an ID card to be used by another may cause both individuals to have a suspension or revocation of driving privileges for up to one year. It may also result in a permanent criminal conviction on both individuals’ records and lead to later career consequences in a person’s professional endeavors.
Responsibility of Parents
It is illegal for parents or legal guardians to allow persons under age 21 to consume alcoholic beverages on their private property, or on any property under their control, or any vehicle or watercraft under their control by either allowing the consumption of alcohol or failing to control access to the alcohol. If a death or personal injury occurs as a result of consumption, the parent or legal guardian may face criminal penalties.
Purchase, Possession or Consumption of Alcohol by Minor
- If you are under age 21 and are convicted of violating the Liquor Control Act for the illegal purchase, possession, receipt or consumption of alcohol, your driving privileges will be suspended for six months for a first conviction, 12 months for a second conviction, and revocation of driving privileges for a subsequent conviction.
- If you are under age 21 and receive court supervision for violating the Liquor Control Act for the purchase, possession, receipt or consumption of alcohol, your driving privileges will be suspended for three months.
- If you are under age 21, you may not be charged with possession or consumption of alcohol by a minor if you requested medical assistance out of concern for another person. After contacting authorities, you must remain at the scene and cooperate fully with law enforcement, providing your full name and all relevant information pertinent to the incident.
Illegal Transportation of Alcohol
- First offense — Suspension of driving privileges for one year.
- Subsequent offense while under age 21 — Revocation of driving privileges for a minimum of one year.
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