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What are DUI zero tolerance laws?

Almost all of us have been there before. In our younger days, we did things that we now know were ill-advised. Maybe it was because of peer pressure or maybe it was in the spirit of experiencing new things in life. Whatever the reason, we did it, we learned from it and we moved on. After all, experience is often the best teacher. But what happens if that youthful slip up ends in an arrest?

Those couple beers could wind up ruining your child's life, especially when zero tolerance laws apply. Zero tolerance laws are designed to enforce stricter regulations on anyone under the age of 21. For instance, the normal blood alcohol limit for an adult is 0.08 percent. Anything under that isn't considered drunk driving. Zero tolerance laws drop that limit so that anyone under the age of 21 who's caught driving with even a small amount of alcohol can be charged with a DUI.

If something like this happens to your son or daughter, the implications can be far reaching. They may find it difficult to get a job and they could also see their car insurance premiums go through the roof. This is on top of any fines, probation or jail time a conviction can bring.

If your son or daughter made a mistake and found themselves with a DUI charge, you may want to speak with an attorney. An attorney who specializes in DUIs may be able to negotiate a reduced charge or get the charges dropped altogether.

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