Zero Tolerance Laws

In recent years, many states have taken action to strengthen laws and statutes regarding underage drinking.
Some states have adopted strong “zero tolerance” laws that make it illegal for minors to operate a motor
vehicle after consuming an alcoholic beverage, even if they are not legally intoxicated.

Zero tolerance laws often fall under the category of “Illegal Per Se” laws, which often allow for prosecution
for blood-alcohol limits of .01 or .02, as well as administrative penalties for minors who are found
guilty of drinking and driving. For more information about zero tolerance laws, contact Dallas DWI attorney
Mark T. Lassiter at (214) 845-7007 today.

Penalties for Alcohol Offenses

Minors who are found to be operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol may face:

  • Misdemeanor criminal charges
  • Probation
  • Mandatory alcohol classes or counseling
  • Administrative license revocation
  • Suspension from school (if alcohol was consumed on school grounds)

Many states often include criminal penalties for adults who provide alcohol to minors. Persons who contribute
to the delinquency of minors may face criminal charges, fines, and other legal action. It is important
to know the laws and statutes in your state and make sure that you do not provide alcohol to persons
who are not of legal drinking age.

Parents and guardians may wish to consult an experienced Dallas DWI attorney to discuss their legal
options if a child is accused of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.

Contact Us

For assistance with DWI, MIP, or other alcohol-related offense,
contact
Dallas DWI lawyer
Mark T. Lassiter at (214) 845-7007.


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