In California, if you are arrested for DUI and you are under the age of 21, you will likely lose your driving privileges for a mandatory 1 year period.

California takes a “zero tolerance” approach to under-aged drinking and driving, so a DUI arrest will result with any trace of alcohol in your system. Also, during the mandatory one-year license suspension, there is no easy opportunity to get a restricted license. While a license suspension will make it so that you cannot legally drive a vehicle in California at all, a restricted license will allow you to drive for limited purposes (i.e., work, school, DUI classes).

Realistically, depriving someone in California their driving privileges can take a massive toll on their lives. Being unable to drive can serious affect a person’s ability to work or attend school. For this reason, there is a way for you to get a restricted license, but it will require you show a “critical need” through submitting a “Critical Need Restriction Application.”

After serving the first 30 days of the license suspension, you can submit this application. In this application you must demonstrate how absolutely necessary it is for you to be able to drive. Restricted licenses, for example, have granted in situations where driving was necessary to transport a family member to and from the hospital for treatment.

If you are facing DUI charges and you are under the age of 21, you will need the legal expertise of a skilled criminal defense attorney. At Wallin & Klarich, our attorneys have been in practice for over 20 years and can help you achieve the best possible results. Call us today at (877) 4-NO-JAIL or (877) 466-5245. We will be there for you when you call.

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