Hoosiers generally understand that the limit for blood for driving a vehicle in Indiana is .08% BAC or blood alcohol content. Under Indiana law, however, underage drinking is treated differently.
If an individual is less than 21 years of age and operates a vehicle with an alcohol concentration equivalent to at least .02, but less than .08, then that person can be charged with a class C infraction. In addition to other penalties, the court can recommend the suspension of that person’s driving privileges for up to one year. I.C. 9-30-5-8.5. This is sometimes referred to as a zero tolerance law.
While a person under the age of twenty-one may not be impaired or intoxicated, the law necessarily discourages any consumption of alcohol at all. While a traffic infraction may not be a “crime,” it nonetheless can have negative implications including fines, costs, and a possible license suspension.
Looking for an Indiana DUI attorney that understands your rights? Contact the attorneys at Keffer Hirschauer LLP today if you have questions or believe your constitutional or criminal rights have been violated. We stand ready to provide our clients with trusted representation and accurate information regarding the law and its application to their individualized case. Act now and contact us today at 1-800-NOT-GUILTY or (317) 857-0160.