Avoid DUI This Prom Night

Over the next couple of weeks, high school students across California will begin renting limos and buying corsages.  It’s prom season, and for high school students, it’s one of the biggest nights of the high school calendar.  Unfortunately, for far too many high school students, prom night is also their first brush with the law and a DUI offense.

In all the excitement of prom, it’s easy for teenagers to forget that underage drinking is strictly prohibited in California.  California’s underage DUI laws are some of the strictest in the country.  California has a zero tolerance level for underage drinking, which means that anybody below the age of 21 driving under the influence of alcohol with a blood alcohol limit of .01% or over, will be arrested for DUI.

For a teenager, it doesn’t take too many drinks to reach a blood alcohol level of .01%.  Just a single 12-ounce beer, or 1.25 ounces of any liquor can result in a blood alcohol level of well over .01%.

If you’re below 21 years of age and are found driving under the influence of alcohol, a conviction can result in a license suspension of up to a year.  Besides, in California, judges are also allowed to confiscate an underage drinker’s car, besides imposing penalties and severe fines.

Underage drinkers in California found driving under the influence are subject to punishment by the Department of Motor Vehicles as well as criminal court.  The Department of Motor Vehicles will be responsible for suspending or revoking the driver’s license.  A criminal prosecution, on the other hand, may impose prison time, fines and penalties.  As part of a criminal conviction, an underage drunk driver can be ordered to undergo an alcohol education and safe driving program.

Besides, a DUI on your record must be included in your college application.  That could possibly narrow the field for you far as higher education opportunities are concerned.  It if you fail to mention your conviction on your application form, you could be dismissed from the college, if the conviction later comes to light.

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