In Virginia, there are very strict laws regarding underage drinking and driving. This is called the zero tolerance law, and it states that if a motorist under the age of 21 has alcohol in their system, then any amount of alcohol will constitute a Virginia DUI. This is true even if the motorist has only consumed a single standard drink. In fact, if a driver is under 21, a blood alcohol content (BAC) level of .01 will result in a Virginia DUI.
To prevent you teenager from getting a Virginia DUI, you can take steps that include:
- Communicating effectively to establish that it is not okay to drink and drive. Inform you teenager about the zero tolerance law, and what consequences they may face.
- Pick your teenager up from parties. This way, if they have been drinking, you can make sure that they don't drive.
- Hire a limousine for prom and graduation. There is a chance that your teenager will be drinking at these events, so it is best if they have transportation provided.
- Be a good role model. Your own actions will generally influence the actions of your children.
If you or your teenager has been charged with a DUI under Virginia's zero tolerance law, you should get the professional advice of a Virginia DUI defense attorney about how to fight these charges.
You can also learn more about Virginia's zero tolerance law by visiting our article library.
Virginia DUI defense attorney Bob Battle has the experience and ability to help his clients use these errors to mount a successful DUI defense. To learn more about Virginia DUI, get a free copy of Bob Battle's consumer guide, How to Choose a DUI Lawyer in Virginia. Or, contact 804-673-5600 to schedule your legal consultation today.