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Zero Tolerance for Underage DUI in Wisconsin

Charged with an Underage DUI in Wisconsin? What you should know.

You know drinking under the age of 21 is illegal. Different states prosecute this in different ways. Wisconsin applies a zero tolerance standard for underage drinking and driving. If you or your child is between ages 15 and 20 and caught driving with any alcohol in his or her system, the consequences are both immediate and severe. You will want to talk to an attorney right away to help protect your legal rights.

Defining Zero Tolerance in Wisconsin

In Wisconsin, the blood alcohol content (BAC) limit for drivers age 21 and over is .08%. Driving with a BAC under .08% does not constitute DUI or OWI, unless the driver shows other signs of being inebriated. For drivers under 21, there is no allowed amount; a BAC over 0.0% will result in a DUI or OWI charge, or an absolute sobriety charge.

Why Zero Tolerance?

Statistics show that drivers under the age of 21 are more likely to get into accidents where alcohol is involved. Younger drivers are already prone to more driving errors, so drinking and driving at these ages is asking for trouble. The law also removes any doubt or guesswork; if a driver under 21 has anything to drink, he or she should not get behind the wheel. The strategy has worked; in Wisconsin, the implementation of the zero tolerance law led to a 34% decrease in crashes and fatalities for drivers ages 15 to 20.

Consequences of Underage DUI

With zero tolerance in place, underage drinkers have little wiggle room. The charges filed against them may impact college or employment applications, and stay on their record for a long time. Punishment can include fines or jail time, as well as a mark you can’t escape after a conviction.

DUI and OWI are always serious charges. For those under age 21, it can create a nightmare. If you or your child is charged with these crimes, contact Eisenberg Law Offices online or at (608)256-8356. We will help you protect your rights, your family, and your future.