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There are different penalties for DUI, depending on age


When a New York resident is investigated by law enforcement and placed under arrest for drinking and driving or driving under the influence of drugs, it is a worrisome experience. It is unavoidable that there are numerous questions about the future after the arrest and as the case moves forward. For people who are arrested and charged with underage drunk driving, it is also important to remember that there are different license penalties, depending on the accused's age.

A person who is under 21 and convicted for underage drunk driving will see their driver's license revoked for one year not just in New York, but also in any other state or Canadian province. An underage driver who commits breath test refusal in New York -- even if there is no conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs -- their license will be revoked for one year. For a driver who is under 21 and has committed a second offense, their license will be revoked for a minimum of one year or until he or she turns 21, whichever takes longer.

Underage drivers can enter the Drinking Driver Program (DDP). With DDP, they can get a conditional driver's license. The license will remain conditional for the duration for which the license was to be revoked. Even people who are under 21 and use a New York State Driver License or a Non-Driver Identification Card to illegally buy alcohol will be subject to a driver's license suspension or will be prevented from applying for a license. There are similar penalties for people who are operating a motorboat or snowmobile.

Those under 21 who are confronted with underage drunk driving, breath test refusal or other allegations related to these charges should be aware of the penalties and consequences. These charges can cause extended problems. Having legal assistance from a lawyer who is experienced with underage DWI can help with a defense.

Source: DMV.NY.gov, "You and the Drinking Driving Laws -- Are License Penalties The Same For All Age Groups?, page 2," accessed on Dec. 3, 2017

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