Munoz: If your juvenile commits a DUI, a DUI can go to the juvenile system. It can also be charged in the normal adult court system but it could be charged as an underage drinking while driving offense. In the local criminal law circles we call those baby DUI’s.
Underage drinking and driving has different consequences then a regular adult DUI. The main difference is if you’re convicted of underage DUI, there is no mandatory minimum jail associated. But there is a mandatory suspension with the DMVD for two years if convicted for under age DUI.
Interviewer: I see. Someone 17, and they’re convicted of underage DUI, they’re going to face two years of license suspension so they’ll be 19 by the time they’re able to petition for their license to be restored?
Munoz: It would just be 2 years from the date of the DMVD starts the suspension.
Interviewer: Yes, just for an instance. I didn’t know if it pushed back their ability to get a license until they are 21. I’ve heard in some cases, it’s a sensitive area. The 18-21 range sometimes delays licensing until they’re 21 but depends on the state.
Munoz: Yes, sometimes that does happen.
Interviewer: When a juvenile commits a criminal offense is it called the same kind of offense as when you’re an adult or is it called something different because it’s a juvenile offense?