Drunk driving takes numerous lives every year in California. This is why the law takes the offense so seriously. If you are caught drinking and driving, you can expect to face stiff penalties. The law is even harsher when it comes to underage drivers who are under the influence and on the roadways. The state has a zero tolerance law, according to the Department of Motor Vehicles.

The zero tolerance law applies to all drivers under the age of 21. It makes it illegal for an underage driver to have a blood alcohol content of over 0.01 percent. The legal limit for drivers over 21 is 0.08 percent for comparison. Essentially, any alcohol in your system, if you are underage, is illegal. If you get caught driving with any alcohol in your system, you will face serious consequences.

If you are pulled over and found to have more than 0.01 percent BAC, you face a penalty of a one-year suspension of your driver’s license. You also face this penalty if you refuse to take the breath test administered by the officer who pulled you over. Do note that this is the basic penalty for a first-time offense. If you have had previous underage DUI offenses, you will face harsher penalties.

The zero tolerance law also applies to offenses beyond driving. If you are caught buying alcohol or have any alcohol in your possession or in your car, then you also face charges and penalties. This information is for educational purposes only and is not legal advice.

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