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Zero Tolerance

In Texas, there are zero tolerance laws surrounding DWI. These laws are incredibly stringent and come with great penalties. The basic idea behind the zero tolerance laws is that underage drinking should not be permitted and should not go unpunished under any circumstances.

This means that if you are under 21 and found in possession of alcohol, or drinking and driving, you will be punished very strictly. The punishment, however, changes for age groups. Penalties and punishments are stronger for minors aged 17 to 20. Any minor under 17 years old is still penalized and punished, but not quite as strongly.

If you are under 17, and are found in possession of any amount of alcohol, the following may happen:

  • Your driver ‘s license gets suspended for 30 days
  • You are fined up to $500
  • You must complete 8 to 12 hours of community service

If you are drinking and driving, these penalties are increased to 60-day license suspension and 20-40 hours of community service. All of these penalties become even stronger if you are 17 or older. Getting caught with alcohol can mean:

  • License suspension for 90 to 180 days
  • Fines as high as $2000
  • Jail time for up to 180 days

The penalties for underage drinking and driving extrapolate from there.

Contact a Dallas DWI Lawyer

If you have been accused of DWI, please contact the Dallas DWI lawyers of the Law Office of Mark T. Lassiter at 214.651.1121.


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