The difference between a regular DUI and an Underage DUI is of course the age of the driver and if they are under 21, the legal age of drinking. The charge for someone under the age of 21 is Driver Under Twenty-One consuming alcohol or marijuana and is operating or being in physical control of a motor vehicle.
The significant difference between a regular DUI and an Underage DUI is the blood alcohol content. For a minor to be considered legally driving under the influence it is .02 whereas for an adult the blood alcohol content is 08.
Gross Misdemeanor Vs. Misdemeanor
Another difference between an Underage DUI, sometimes referred to as a Minor DUI, and an adult being charged with a DUI, is that if the minor is convicted of Underage DUI it is considered a misdemeanor, which has a maximum 90 days in jail penalty and additional court penalties. If an adult is convicted of a DUI, it is considered a gross misdemeanor with a maximum of 364 days in jail penalty and additional court penalties.
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