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Talking to college students about underage DUI

Many young adults experiment with drinking before they reach age 21.  This can present two serious problems when your child drives.  A single drink can affect a driver’s reaction times and judgment.  Secondly, the legal limit is lower for minors than it is for adults.

In Pennsylvania, the legal limit for a driver under the age of 21 is 0.02 percent blood alcohol content. Depending on your child’s weight, that could be a single mixed drink, can of beer or glass of wine.  The legal limit for adults is 0.08 percent—four times higher. For drug DUI, there is no legal limit.

The time to talk to your adult children about DUI is before they are put into a situation where they might drink and drive.  The penalties for underage DUI in Pennsylvania are extremely harsh. The consequences for a fist-time conviction may include:

  • Jail time
  • Thousands of dollars in fines and added insurance costs
  • Costly driver education programs
  • Possible school sanctions
  • A permanent criminal record

The cost of an Uber cab ride is a bargain compared to the cost of a DUI conviction. If your child is accused of driving under the influence, seek prompt advice from a lawyer who regularly defends DUI cases. Depending on the circumstances, your child may have a defense.

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