Driving under the influence is a serious offense, and Florida law enforcement does not take it lightly, regardless of the driver’s age.
It is important to understand whether juveniles can get arrested for a DUI in Florida and the potential consequences they may face.
Juvenile DUI arrests in Florida
In Florida, juveniles can indeed get arrested for a DUI. The state’s “zero tolerance” policy for underage drinking and driving is strict. For drivers under 21 years of age, the legal blood alcohol content limit is 0.02%, as opposed to the 0.08% limit for drivers aged 21 and over. Even a small amount of alcohol in a juvenile’s system can lead to a DUI arrest.
It is important to note that the arrest and consequences for a juvenile DUI can differ from those of an adult. The juvenile justice system aims to rehabilitate young offenders, and as a result, the legal process and penalties for a juvenile DUI may be more focused on education and intervention.
Consequences of a juvenile DUI
A juvenile arrested for a DUI in Florida can face several consequences. The most immediate penalty is an administrative suspension of their driver’s license. A first-time offender with a BAC of 0.02% or higher can face a license suspension of six months. Subsequent offenses can result in a suspension of one year.
In addition to license suspension, the courts may require a juvenile to attend a substance abuse evaluation, an education course or a treatment program. The severity of the consequences may depend on factors such as the juvenile’s BAC level, whether it is a first-time offense and if the DUI led to property damage, injury or death.
Understanding the legal process and potential consequences can help young drivers make responsible choices and avoid the far-reaching effects of a DUI conviction.