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Key points about Texas’ zero tolerance laws 

On Behalf of | Jun 28, 2023 | Criminal Defense

Like many other states, Texas uses zero-tolerance laws for minors. These laws pertain to the use of alcohol. In this context, a minor is someone who is under 21 years old. This is worth noting because the term is often used to refer to those who are under 18. But it is different in the context of alcohol use, which is prohibited for individuals who are under 21.

Many people are either unaware of the zero-tolerance laws or do not fully understand how they work. To help, here are some key points to keep in mind.

The legal limit doesn’t apply

First and foremost, the law explicitly states that the legal limit of 0.08% for blood alcohol concentration (BAC) does not apply to minors. They can be arrested for having a detectable amount of alcohol, even if it’s far below that limit. Underage drivers need to remember this because they could be arrested even after having less than a full drink.

It also applies to watercraft

For those who live near the coast or take vacations to the beach, it’s important to note that these laws also apply to watercraft, not just to cars and trucks. Underage drivers are not allowed to operate any watercraft if they have consumed alcohol.

The ramifications can be severe

Those who are confirmed to have been operating under the influence could see a license suspension of up to 60 days for a first offense. They may also have to do up to 40 hours of community service, pay a fine of $500 and go to alcohol awareness classes. For subsequent offenses, the ramifications get to be more severe. For example, the license suspension could be increased to 180 days for a third offense.

Have you been accused of driving under the influence or do you have a child who is facing these allegations? Be sure you know about all of your legal defense options.

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