Can You Be Charged with an Under 21 DWI?

By Jeff Kennedy

Can You Be Charged with an Under 21 DWI?

The state of Texas has a zero-tolerance policy toward driving under the influence, which is reflected in the nature of the punishments that can be meted out at offenders. Drunk drivers under the age of 21 can face even stricter consequences. 

If you’re facing an under 21 DWI charge in Texas, you need to speak to an experienced attorney as soon as possible. Find out how a Fort Worth DWI lawyer with The Law Offices of Jeff C. Kennedy can help if you’ve been charged with an under 21 DWI. 

Under 21 DWI—The Reality in Texas

In Texas, anyone registering a blood alcohol result in excess of .08 can be hit with a DWI (driving while intoxicated) charge. This includes drivers under the age of 21, who are not legally allowed to drink alcohol in the state. 

In order to reflect the illegal nature of consuming alcohol below the age of 21, there is a separate charge, the DUI (driving under the influence) charge, that can be assessed to underage drivers.

This charge is reserved for drivers under 21 who record a BAC higher than zero but lower than .08, otherwise known as the adult legal limit. 

So, to summarize—underage drivers in the state can face both DWI or DUI charges, depending on the nature of the arrest and their level of inebriation. 

The charges for even a first offense can be severe, from possible jail time to license suspension, community service, and/or court-mandated therapy. 

A criminal record is forever, but if you’ve been charged with a crime, that doesn’t mean you’re out of options yet. Your top priority, however, should be securing robust legal representation that can examine all possible defenses to help you avoid conviction. 

Contact a DWI Lawyer in Texas Now

Are you facing an underage DWI charge in Texas, or any other related charge? A defense attorney from The Law Offices of Jeff C. Kennedy could help reduce or possibly even drop all charges facing you. 

Call us at 817-605-1010 or fill out the form below to schedule a consultation. 


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