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What is the zero tolerance law for minors?

North Carolina’s zero tolerance law makes it illegal for a minor under the age of 21 to drink any amount of alcohol and drive. While the blood alcohol content (BAC) limit for adults 21 or older is .08%, a minor may be arrested for drunk driving for registering .02% or even .01% BAC.

If an officer believes that you have been drinking at all before or while driving, you will likely be arrested for underage driving after consuming. The level of impairment is irrelevant since consuming any amount of alcohol as a minor is a violation of the zero tolerance law.

When you are facing a DWI or underage drunk driving charge, you need an attorney that you can trust to aggressively defend your case. To learn how a Raleigh DWI lawyer can help you contest your charge, contact the Law Office of Jim Black today at 919-600-4609.


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