Getting pulled over and arrested for drunk driving can be stressful, frightening
and confusing. Anyone in Indiana who is facing a DUI needs to understand
the law and possible consequences. This is particularly true of anyone
who is a juvenile who is also facing a DUI charge.
The blood alcohol content (BAC) that can lead to a DUI charge is vastly
lower for juveniles than that for adults. An adult can have a BAC of .08
percent. However, if a person is under 21, a BAC of only .02 percent can
lead to charges. One of the basic possible penalties a juvenile can face
is the loss of a driver's license.
Juvenile crimes are handled differently in the criminal court system, but
it is important to understand there are still very serious possible consequences
that mirror those of an adult facing a DUI charge. One possible consequence
may be an alcohol treatment or rehabilitation program. Also, a juvenile
can actually face jail time for a DUI charge in Indiana.
Charges against a juvenile need to be addressed and defended by a legal
representative who fully understands the difference between the adult
criminal court system and the juvenile criminal court system. While anyone
who is arrested and charged with a DUI in Indiana is wholly innocent until
proved otherwise, anyone accused should immediately seek information about
the laws governing his or her charge and learn about the consequences
he or she may face if a charge leads to a criminal court proceeding. Our
website provides current information regarding DUI consequences, including
the consequences as they pertain to juveniles.