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Underage Drinkers and DUI

Underage drinking is strictly prohibited in the state of Rhode Island, as well as in the rest of the United States. In the U.S., the legal age to purchase, possess, and consume alcohol is 21. Because of this broadly accepted drinking age, the laws for underage drinkers and DUI are stricter than normal DUI laws.

Regardless of your age, a DUI accusation is a serious matter. If you or someone you love was recently charged with underage drinking and driving under the influence of alcohol, contact Rhode Island DUI defense lawyer Matthew Marin at 401-287-4384 for a free case evaluation.

DUI Laws for People under 21

In general, it is illegal for individuals under 21 years old to possess and consume alcohol. The only exceptions to this rule are individuals whose parents or legal guardians provide alcohol to them and some individuals who are in the military.

Even if an underage individual legally consumed alcohol, he or she may be subjected to Rhode Island’s strict underage drinking and driving laws. These laws dictate that underage drinkers with a BAC of .02 or greater should be charged with DUI.

A BAC of .02 is seen as conclusive evidence of alcohol consumption, which, as previously stated, is a criminal offense in Rhode Island.

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If you or your loved one is under 21 and has been charged with DUI, you deserve the help of an experienced DUI lawyer. Contact Rhode Island DUI defense attorney Matthew Marin at 401-287-4384 to discuss the facts of your case.