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Underage DUI And Zero Tolerance Violations

Young drivers do not get leniency when it comes to drinking and driving. In fact, the law cracks down harder on under-21 drivers. In addition to criminal penalties and driver's license sanctions, an underage DUI can hamper a young person's opportunities in higher education and employment.

I am Ryan L. Beasley, an experienced DUI defense lawyer in Greenville. I regularly defend college students and high school students in Greenville County and the Upstate region of South Carolina who face charges of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Protect your rights and your future. Call me today at 864-991-3379 or toll free at 800-761-1985.

DUI For College Students And Under-21 Drivers

Under South Carolina law, drivers below the legal drinking age are subject to the "zero tolerance" blood-alcohol threshold — basically any alcohol in one's system at the time of arrest.

  • A zero tolerance offense (.O2 BAC or greater) carries an automatic license suspension of three months.
  • Underage drivers with a BAC of .08 or greater are subject to the same DUI penalties that any adult would face.

A conviction for DUI under 21 or zero tolerance can adversely affect college students or recruits (enrollment, scholarships, financial aid, career prospects). Loss of driving privileges can create hardships for students who need to drive to school or work.

My Intervention Can Make A Difference

I have represented youths and young adults arrested for DUI or zero tolerance violations, including students of Furman University, Greenville Tech, Bob Jones University, Clemson University, Wofford College and other Upstate colleges. My focused knowledge of the law and my professional relationships with the local prosecutors sometimes leads to dismissed or downgraded charges. I am always prepared to go to court to fight for my clients and their future.

If you (or your son or daughter) are accused of underage drinking and driving, call Ryan L. Beasley, Attorney at Law, or contact me online.