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When minors allegedly drive while intoxicated in Missouri

In the state of Missouri, minors may have their driving privileges suspended if they are charged and convicted with minor in possession. The length of the suspensions may vary depending on the number of offenses the individual has on their record.

The state courts have the ability to charge a person with minor in possession and suspend their driving privileges if they are over the age of 15 and under the age of 21. In addition, the courts must find that the individual either registered a blood alcohol content of more than .020 percent or were visibly intoxicated. A minor who is in possession of, purchases or attempts to purchase liquor may be subjected to sanctions as well. If authorities discover that a minor operating a vehicle when the alleged violation occurs, two points will be added to that minor's driver record.

The length of the suspension can vary if a person has previous convictions for minor in possession. A first offense may result in a suspension lasting 30 days. That period increases to 90 days after a second withdrawal action and then increases to one year for each conviction after that.

Beyond the statutory periods involving license suspension, an alcohol-related conviction may have serious consequences. When a child is facing such charges, their parents might choose to contact an attorney who practices in criminal defense and is familiar with impaired driving statutes. That attorney may be able to develop a strategy that minimizes penalties for the minor facing charges. In some cases, it might be possible to seek an acquittal.

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