The State of California has a “zero tolerance” law when it comes to under 21 year olds drinking and driving. In other words, it is illegal for underage citizens to have a BAC of 0.01% or greater and get behind the wheel of a vehicle.

Depending on your case you could be charged with any of the following:

  •         California Vehicle Code 23136: California’s Zero Tolerance Law (A Civil Offense)

Under this code any amount of alcohol in your system will get you an automatic one-year driver’s license suspension and/or a one-year delay of your driving privileges, if you do not yet have a California driver’s license.

  •         California Vehicle Code 23140: Under 21 DUI with a BAC of 0.05% – 0.07%

If your BAC is between a 0.05% – 0.07%, it is considered an infraction and you are subject to an additional $100 penalty. You could also be subject to additional penalties including: additional license suspensions and mandatory alcohol classes.

  •         California Vehicle Code 23152: Driving Under the Influence

California’s DUI law applies to everyone, regardless of their age. If you are found to have a BAC of .08% or higher, you may be convicted of California misdemeanor DUI.




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