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3 Need-to-Know Facts about Underage Drivers and Intoxicated Driving Laws

In some cases, a driver who is under the legal drinking age may be pulled over by the authorities while they have alcohol in their system. This can result in a variety of different criminal charges depending on the circumstances of the arrest. If convicted, these charges can carry severe penalties that may significantly impact a person’s future professional and academic opportunities.

If you have been arrested as an underage drinker, you are legally entitled to a defense attorney. To learn more about our services and how we may be able to help you with your defense, contact Raleigh DWI lawyer Jim Black by calling 919-600-4609 today.

Important Things to Understand

As someone who is unlikely to have been in this position before, there may be a number of details and important issues about which you are unclear. The following are three important things to understand about this particular legal circumstance.

#1: A driver can be arrested even if they are under the 0.08 BAC level.

Even if an underage driver is not technically over the legal limit of intoxication, they may be arrested on minor-in-consumption, or MIC, charges. This is a misdemeanor and may carry strict fines and and remain on a person’s criminal record if they are over age 18 at the time of the incident.

#2: If charged with DWI, an underage drive may be subject to strict penalties.

A person arrested on DWI charges may also be charged underage drinking charges. This can increase the overall penalties associated with intoxicated driving, as well as make the defense process more complicated for the defendant to handle.

#3: Drivers under 18 years of age may be able to avoid permanent criminal records.

In some situations, minors may be able to keep these matters off of their permanent criminal records. A defendant should consult with their attorney regarding their options.

Contact Us

If you are facing DWI or MIP allegations, it is advisable to consult with a skilled and experienced attorney as soon as possible. Contact Raleigh DWI attorney Jim Black at 919-600-4609.


"Jim, I just wanted to thank you again for everything you did for me. I am very happy about the outcome and would recommend you to anyone and everyone who has a DUI case. Two things that stuck out the most is your patience and honesty, you wanted the best for me and that was obvious."

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