In Texas, DUI (Driving Under the Influence) and DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) are separate and distinct crimes. The crime of DUI can only be committed by a person under 21 years old.
It is unlawful for a person under 21 years of age to operate a motor vehicle while having any detectable amount of alcohol in the person’s system. This is a zero tolerance statute and a person commits an offense without regard to whether the consumption of alcohol results in impairment. Accordingly, field sobriety tests, blood and breath tests are generally not administered.
DUI is a Class C misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $500, community service, alcohol awareness course and license suspension. Punishment is enhanced for repeat offenders.
It must be emphasized that if consumption of alcohol causes intoxication, a minor may be charged with the much more serious crime of DWI – Driving While Intoxicated.
Contact Fort Bend County DUI lawyer Anthony Segura at 281-570-6400 for a free no-obligation consultation in our Sugar Land office.
Segura & Kiatta, Criminal Defense
345 Commerce Green Blvd
Sugar Land, Texas 77478