Can An Underage Driver Be Charged As An Adult For DUI In New Jersey?

Yes, when a driver under the age of 21 is arrested for DUI and has a blood alcohol level of .08% or higher, they will be charged with DUI as an adult.

Ordinarily, a juvenile offender would be prosecuted in juvenile court, but when charged as an adult, you’ll have to face the judge the same as any other defendant, and the penalties if you’re convicted will be the same as those for adults, including higher fines, longer license suspension, and even the possibility of jail time.

Because underage drinking is against the law, it can be difficult to get past the Alcotest or blood test evidence, which is treated as proof of breaking the law.

An experienced New Jersey DUI attorney can help.

Call Matthew Reisig today at 732-625-9660 for a free consultation with an attorney who has helped more than 1,000 New Jersey drivers avoid convicted on DUI charges.

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