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Naperville DUi Lawyer

One of the milestones nearly all American teenagers look forward to is the day they can get their driver’s license. While it means extra freedom, teens and driving have always been a dangerous combination. 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens. About a quarter of those fatal accidents involve an underage driver who was drinking. In 2016, 39 percent of drivers involved in fatal crashes involving alcohol were young drivers age 16 to 24. Because of this, in addition to minimum drinking age laws, many states have enacted zero-tolerance laws for underage drinking and driving.

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Naperville DUI lawyer, underage DUI, underage drinking, underage drinker, DUI chargeAlcohol impairs an individual’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. Because drunk drivers are a hazard to themselves and all others on the road, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. Doing so can result in a driving under the influence (DUI) charge.

The Driver’s BAC at the Time of His or Her Arrest Matters

For an individual age 21 or older, the legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit for operating a motor vehicle is 0.08 percent. For individuals under 21, the legal limit is 0.00 percent. In other words, having any alcohol in his or her system during a traffic stop can lead to a DUI charge for an underage individual.

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Naperville criminal law attorney, social host, underage drinker, underage drinking, Illinois criminal defense lawyer, teen drinking, serving teens alcoholThe legal drinking age is 21 years old across the United States. However, there are some who take the law as a recommendation or suggestion, and drink alcohol before their 21st birthday. It may be because young adults are not always the best decision makers, and drinking may be a way to fit in with friends or to experiment.

In some cases, it is an adult that provides the alcohol to the underage drinker, or an adult may simply be present when it is consumed. When this happens, the adult can be charged criminally, and can be sued in civil court.

Who is Responsible?

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