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The consequences of underage DWI in Missouri

On Behalf of | Jun 26, 2015 | Juvenile Crime

Though it’s not technically federal law, every state’s drinking age is set at 21. This is for the safety of younger people, whose brains have not finished developing yet. Plus, younger drinkers tend to be more reckless, especially behind the wheel of a car As such, being pulled over for driving while intoxicated is a hefty offense for minors.

While the legal blood alcohol content is 0.08 percent for adults in Missouri, minors whose test positive for just 0.02 percent are considered legally intoxicated. Even on the very first offense, minors will lose their license for 90 days. In addition, you could face up to six months of jail time and a fine up to $500. Essentially, being charged with an underage DWI could derail your entire life.

Being charged with a second DWI carries much more severe consequences. Your jail time could possibly be up to a year, and fines are increased to up to $1,000. In addition, you will lose your right to drive for up to a year.

Once you are allowed to drive again, it will be much more expensive. If you can find an insurance company to cover you, it will be much more costly because you are now a greater liability. In addition, you will most likely need to provide an SR-22 form to the DMV that shows you have insurance before you can get your license back.

If you have been pulled over for underage drinking and driving, an attorney may be able to analyze your case and recommend a plan of action for your unique situation.


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Travis Noble is a graduate of the National College for DUI Defense at Harvard University, and he lectures at seminars nationwide on DWI/DUI topics. He is the lawyer whom other lawyers consult to defend their DWI clients. Most importantly, he has a track record of successfully defending some of the toughest DWI cases in Missouri and beyond.

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