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My Teen Was Caught Drinking and Driving in McHenry County, Now What?

Posted on in Driver's License Reinstatement

Rockford Teen License Suspension LawyerParents try to teach their children right from wrong. Unfortunately, it is sometimes impossible to prevent children and teenagers from making poor decisions or getting caught up in the wrong crowd. If your teen was recently caught drinking and driving, you may be confused about what to do. You may ask, “Will my child lose their license or face criminal charges?” Read on to learn about the potential consequences of an underage DUI charge and how your child may qualify for driver’s license reinstatement.  

Under 21 Drunk Driving Charges

The legal blood alcohol content (BAC) limit for individuals aged 21 or over is 0.08 percent. Because Illinois has a zero-tolerance policy for underage drivers, the legal limit for those under 21 is anything greater than zero. Put another way, driving with any amount of alcohol in your body is illegal if you are younger than 21.

If your child was arrested after a breath alcohol test showed his or her BAC was above 0.01 percent, he or she faces a three-month driver’s license suspension. If this is your child’s second offense, the driver’s license suspension period is one year. Individuals subject to driver’s license suspensions are prohibited from driving any vehicle. Driving with a suspended license is a criminal offense.

If your child’s BAC was over 0.08 percent, he or she may be charged with driving under the influence (DUI). The driver’s license revocation for an underage DUI charge is two years. If it is a second DUI offense, the revocation period is five years.

Reinstating Your License After an Underage DUI

Your child may be able to reinstate their driver’s license and get back on the road legally. However, he or she must meet certain requirements to do so. First, your child will need to undergo a risk assessment with a licensed drug and alcohol counselor. The results of that assessment dictate the next steps. Your child may be required to complete an alcohol or drug education course and/or early intervention program. If there is evidence of an alcohol or drug addiction, he or she may be required to attend substance abuse treatment before regaining driving privileges.

Contact a Crystal Lake Driver’s License Reinstatement Attorney

If you or a loved one were arrested for driving under the influence, contact the McHenry County driver’s license reinstatement lawyers at Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC - Illinois Driver's License Reinstatement Lawyers for help. We can explain your legal options and build a strong defense against DUI charges. Call us at 779-800-2250 today for a free, confidential consultation.




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