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'Zero tolerance' impaired driving charges for underage drivers

Being accused of having any alcohol in their system when driving can leave a Tennessee teen in a very tough legal situation. This is due to the state's "zero tolerance" policy. Under this policy, a driver who is between the ages of 16 and 20 can face impaired driving charges if their blood alcohol level tests at 0.02 or higher.

Some significant consequences can follow if a teen is convicted of a zero-tolerance-related impaired driving charge.

For one, there is a fine of $250 for a zero-tolerance-related impaired driving offense.

Also, a license revocation of one year is given for this offense. Losing a driver's license for a year can affect a teen in some pretty major ways. For example, such a loss could negatively impact a teen's ability to get to an after-school job or their after-school activities. 

Additionally, courts are allowed to issue a community service requirement to individuals convicted of a zero-tolerance-related impaired driving offense.

And these are just the legal penalties a zero tolerance conviction can result in. Such a conviction can also cause a teen to face consequences from outside the legal system, such as reputation damage and potential limitations on their future prospects.  

Thus, facing allegations of having alcohol in their system when driving is no small matter for a teen. Skilled criminal defense attorneys understand the major impacts zero-tolerance-related impaired driving charges have the potential to have on teens here in Tennessee and can help mount a defense for teens facing these types of charges.

Source: FindLaw, "What Are the Tennessee DUI Laws?," Accessed March 3, 2015

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