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The Consequences of an Underage DUI

As a parent, seeing your teen leave your driveway for the first time alone probably brought a tear to your eye. As exciting as it is to see them grow, it’s also a frightening experience, as your “baby” is now out on the road, facing all of the dangers involved.

Getting a phone call that your teen is in trouble is always worrisome, regardless of the situation. When that phone call is from the police to notify you that your teen has been arrested for driving under the influence, it can be disastrous for you and your family.

No matter how much you stress the dangers and consequences of driving under the influence to your children, it’s important to remember that teens do not always listen, and you could be left to pick up the pieces.

Chicago Underage DUI

Even if your teen is not “technically” an adult, they can still be charged with a DUI if their BAC is above .08.

A first DUI conviction could result in:

  • A license suspension for a minimum of two years
  • A suspension of your vehicle registration
  • Fines up to $2,500

Zero-Tolerance

It’s crucial to note that Illinois has zero-tolerance DUI laws, that note that any individual who is caught driving under the influence with a BAC of more than .00 is subject to the following for a first offense:

  • A 3-month license suspension - If they fail a chemical test
  • A 6-month license suspension - If they refuse a chemical test

If this is the individual’s second offense, the license suspension periods could be extended to a minimum of one year.

A Team You Can Trust

As a parent, it’s in our blood to do everything we can to care for our children. Unfortunately, there are some things that are out of our control. If your teen has been arrested for driving under the influence, you need a team you can trust to fight for their future. At The Toney Law Firm, we understand how stressful it can be for you and your family to worry about fighting DUI charges.

We’re here to help answer your questions and fight to protect your teen’s future. Call us today (888) 473-4058 to learn more about how we can help.

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