Drunk Driving Attorney in Fresno Defends Young Drivers Charged Under Zero Tolerance Law

Mar 11, 2015

In California, you must be at least 21 years old to purchase or consume alcohol. This is the justification lawmakers give for the harsh Zero Tolerance Law applied only to drivers who have yet to reach their 21st birthday. If you are an underage driver caught driving with only a .01 blood alcohol concentration, you could face significant penalties if convicted. These include, but are not limited to:

-A one-year suspension of your driver's license.

-No restricted license eligibility.

-Mandatory attendance at a course for drivers convicted of their first DUI offense. This course lasts for 30 hours over the course of three months.

As if these consequences are not significant enough, your auto insurance carrier may drop you or raise your rates to the point where you can't afford to carry the policy anymore. In addition, you will be required to carry a supplemental insurance, called an SR22 in addition to your regular insurance. With so much on the line, it's crucial that you work with a drunk driving attorney who is experienced in defending clients charged under California's Zero Tolerance Law.

Possible Defenses to Your Drunken Driving Charge

With the threshold for measuring intoxication so low, the most obvious challenge to the charge against you is that you didn't consume alcohol at all. In addition, the accuracy of the breathalyzer is even more in doubt at these low levels, due to the fact that you might be at .0% depending on the accuracy logs for the relevant machine.

It's also important to remember that drivers under age 21 have the same rights as older drivers in regards to challenging an administrative and criminal determination that they were driving with over a.01% blood alcohol level. 

We're Ready to Work with You 

The best time to secure an attorney is immediately after you have been charged with violating the Zero Tolerance Law. We also welcome your parents to accompany you if you're a minor. Please contact us to schedule an initial interview.

Michael Mitchell


Michael Mitchell is a Fresno attorney who practices in the areas of DUI, personal injury & criminal law. Visit his Google+ profile.