DUI/DWI and Teenage Drivers

Teenage drunk driving is an increasing problem.  As a parent, you may be concerned about the responsibility and judgment of your teenage driver.  Not only is alcohol consumption a concern, inexperienced drivers are even more likely to have reckless driving habits and take risks without considering the consequences.

The blood alcohol limit for underage drivers is much lower than that of adult drivers.  For drivers under 21, an elevated blood alcohol level is .02% or higher.  This applies to the operation of all kinds of motorized vehicles including snowmobiles and ATVs.

When an underage driver is suspected of a DUI/DWI, the steps are similar to those that apply to adults.  16 and 17 year-old drivers, unlike adults, are subject to a summary suspension of their license for at least 48 hours after being cited for driving under the influence.  In order to get the license back, the driver and his or her parents must go to the police department or state police barracks and sign an acknowledgment of its return.

Drivers under the age of 21 are also subject to enhanced administrative penalties from the DMV after conviction of a DUI/DWI.  In general, this means a suspended license for up to double the length of time assessed to drivers over the age of 21.

The Law Office of Mark Sherman is here to help you.  If your teen is arrested for a Connecticut DUI/DWI offense, contact our office immediately.  We can work with the courts and the DMV to minimize the impact of this offense in your child’s life.