If you are under 21 it is illegal to consume alcohol. This means the officer can charge you with DUI if there is any detectable amount of alcohol in your system (your breath smelled like alcohol, you blew a .03, you admitted drinking, etc.). Even though it's just a ticket, it can have long term consequences on your record. Hire a ticket attorney. They will know how to prevent a conviction and get the case expunged completely.
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A DUI has nothing to do with your ability to drive. If you are too intoxicated to drive, then you will be charged with a DWI, not a DUI. Zero tolerance is simple-any alcohol in a driver is a violation. Good that you did not get intoxicated, but you might as well recognize that you can't drive and drink alcohol in today's society-at least until you are over 21 - and probably not then. Consult with an experienced DWI attorney.
If you're under 21 there is a zero tolerance policy for alcohol. Give the longer term consequences of an alcohol related offense you need an experienced attorney.
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