Alabama DUI Law for Minors

Posted by Steve Eversole | Aug 27, 2007 | 0 Comments

In Alabama, a person under 21 has less rights than a person over 21.  A person under 21 could have gone to war, graduated from college, or could be a mom or dad, yet they are basically not allowed to have a glass of wine and drive home.  A person under the age of 21 in the State of Alabama cannot have more than .02 percent by weight of alcohol in his or her blood. This effectively makes it illegal for someone under the age of 21 to drive a car after having a glass of wine, which would put many people over the legal limit at this range. Here is this ridiculous law:

  • A person who is under the age of 21 years shall not drive or be in actual physical control of any vehicle if there is .02 percentage or more by weight of alcohol in his or her blood. The Department of Public Safety shall suspend or revoke the driver's license of any person, including, but not limited to, a juvenile, child, or youthful offender, convicted or adjudicated of, or subjected to a finding of delinquency based on this subsection. Notwithstanding the foregoing, upon the first violation of this subsection by a person whose blood alcohol level is between .02 and .08, the person's driver's license or driving privilege shall be suspended for a period of 30 days in lieu of any penalties provided in subsection (e) of this section and there shall be no disclosure, other than to courts, law enforcement agencies, and the person's employer, by any entity or person of any information, documents, or records relating to the person's arrest, conviction, or adjudication of or finding of delinquency based on this subsection.

    All persons, except as otherwise provided in this subsection for a first offense, including, but not limited to, a juvenile, child, or youthful offender, convicted or adjudicated of, or subjected to a finding of delinquency based on this subsection shall be fined pursuant to this section, notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, and the person shall also be required to attend and complete a DUI or substance abuse court referral program in accordance with subsection (i).

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