In Pennsylvania, it is a serious offense to drive under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance. This offense is known as DUI, driving under the influence. If you are a minor (under the age of 21) and you are caught driving under the influence, your penalties will be severe. According to Title 75 section 3802(e) of the PA crimes code, a minor may not drive, operate or be in actual physical control of the movement of a vehicle after imbibing a sufficient amount of alcohol such that the alcohol DUI first offense concentration in the minor’s blood or breath is 0.02% or higher within two hours after the minor has driven, operated or been in actual physical control of the movement of the vehicle. Factors such as your Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) and whether it is your first offense or not do not matter when it comes the severity of your DUI if you are a minor.
If you are a minor and are charged with a DUI, it automatically falls under the second tier known as high impairment due to the fact that you are a minor. If you are found guilty, you face a potential penalty of a prison sentence of between two days and six months, license suspension for 12 months, fines between $500 and $5,000, $50 surcharge, PBT in DUI cases $100 Substance Abuse Education and Demand Reduction Fund, treatment when ordered, and DUI school. You will not be required to install and interlock system into your vehicle. In addition, you may be eligible for Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD). If you or someone you know is a minor and has been charged with a DUI, it is important to meet with a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. A criminal defense attorney will be able to ensure that your future is protected from the penalties of your DUI.