According to Virginia's zero tolerance law, any motorist under the age of 21 is prohibited from consuming any amount of alcohol and getting behind the wheel. The difference between this law and the standard DUI laws is that, while adults have a legal blood alcohol content (BAC) limit of .08, underage motorists have no such allowance.

If you are under the age of 21, you are not allowed to have any alcohol in your system whatsoever. This means that one standard alcoholic drink can result in a Virginia DUI. The consequences for this include fines, a driver's license suspension, and the possibility of time in jail. A Virginia DUI can also leave minors with a permanent criminal record. And if a minor has a criminal record, this can affect their college admissions, as well as prevent future job opportunities.

Furthermore, it is also illegal for a minor to use any form of false identification. If a minor uses false identification to illegally purchase alcohol, then they may face additional penalties including fines, license suspensions, and a permanent criminal record. If you or your teenager was been charged with a Virginia DUI under the zero tolerance law, then you should consult with a Virginia DUI defense attorney about how to fight these charges in court.

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.

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