College students in Virginia work hard at academics and employment but also like to have fun during their downtime. However, whether you are above or beneath the legal drinking age, you should know that there are serious penalties for people who are caught behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. At von Keller Thelin, we want to inform you of what can happen if an underage person is driving a vehicle after consuming alcohol or using drugs. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each day 29 Americans die in automobile accidents in which at least one driver was under the influence. And, 12 million Americans aged 16 or older stated that they drove under the influence of marijuana in 2018. These grim statistics are cause for serious concern, since everyone should be refraining from alcohol and drugs before assuming the wheel of a vehicle. This holds even more true for those who are not yet legally allowed to drink. 

If you are under the age of 21 in Virginia, there is a zero tolerance law which means that you are not permitted to have any blood-alcohol content (BAC) above 0.0 when driving. In other words, just one drink is one drink too many, whether or not you are involved in an accident or just pulled over by a police officer. Consequences for this include license suspension, probation, court and attorney fees and possibly even jail time. If you are convicted, you often have to serve community service hours, too. 

For more information on driving under the influence, please visit this page on our website.