If a North Carolina resident is under the age of 21 and gets pulled over and accused of drunk driving, the laws that apply are substantially more severe than those that apply to a driver over the age of 21. For example, those accused of underage drunk driving can be arrested if they have any measurable level of alcohol in their bloodstreams. Conversely, adult drivers are permitted to operate a motor vehicle as long as they have less than a .08 percent blood alcohol concentration.
At Rowland & Yauger, we frequently represent North Carolina residents accused of underage drinking and driving, and we are acutely aware of the necessity for a meaningful defense. Indeed, the severity of consequences in the event of a conviction requires that young people put their best foot forward while defending against such charges in court. As for long term consequences, an underage drinking conviction could negatively affect an individual's eligibility to receive student loans. It could also affect future job opportunities.