Bakersfield Underage DUI Lawyer

We Can Fight to Protect Your Future

Since the legal drinking age in California is 21 years old, any driver under 21 found with at least a 0.01 blood-alcohol level can be arrested for underage DUI. Don't let your DUI charge become a conviction; call the Bakersfield DUI attorneys at Campbell Witten today.

What penalties could I face?

It is important to understand what type of laws are related to your case and how this may affect your charges. The following traffic laws apply to drivers under 21:

  • They may not have unsealed beer, wine, or liquor in their vehicle while driving alone unless they are driving for work related purposes
  • Drivers under 21 may not consume alcohol, including cough syrup or prescription drugs
  • Drivers under 18 are not allowed to drive with any measurable alcohol in their blood

If you are arrested for underage DUI in Bakersfield, you could face the following penalties:

  • At least $100 in fines
  • Driver's license suspension
  • Mandatory DUI school
  • Three to five years of DUI and/or
  • Time in county jail

Kern County has a zero tolerance policy for minors who drink and drive. This means that any driver under the age of 21 can be charged with DUI for driving with any amount of alcohol in their blood. Those with a blood-alcohol of 0.05 or more can also be charged with both underage DUI and a regular DUI and can be arrested.

As with other DUIs, underage DUIs are subject to two separate prosecutors. The DMV can suspend or revoke the driver's license, and the criminal court can impose fine, jail time, and require that the driver take classes in safe driving and alcohol abuse.

Get Our Team On Your Side

An underage DUI can impede a young adult from pursuing their future, such as getting a job or attending college. Don't let a DUI arrest ruin you or your child's chance at the future they want—call the Bakersfield criminal defense lawyers at Campbell Whitten today to get started on your defense.