Teen and Underage Driver's License Suspension

Because teens are less experienced than older drivers, they are far more likely to become involved in serious accidents. Often times teenagers are distracted by cell phones, engaging in conversation with passengers, or simply feel invincible and do not pay close attention. However, the addition of alcohol or drugs to the situation can end in devastating or even tragic results, which is why the state of Michigan is harsh on teens or underage drivers who operate a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. As trusted Michigan driver's license attorneys, the staff at Grabel & Associates understands the devastation a teen or underage driver feels when his or her license is suspended.

Statistics indicate that drivers who are between the ages of 16 and 20 are far more likely to become involved in an accident; add alcohol or drugs to the equation, and the likelihood of a teen losing his or her life in an accident increases exponentially. In fact, studies have shown that a female teen driver who is under the influence of alcohol is at a far higher risk of being killed in an accident (54 times more likely) than a female who drives sober. This is a staggering statistic!

Teenage Drivers and Alcohol

We've already briefly discussed the dangers of driving while under the influence of alcohol, however those under the age of 21 face serious penalties if found guilty of violating the law. In fact, a teen may have his or her license suspended by simply being in possession of alcohol, even if none was consumed.

An individual who is under 21 years old and found guilty of illegally consuming, possessing or purchasing alcohol will face serious penalties, whether or not a vehicle is involved. Some of these penalties include:

  • $100 fine for a first offense
  • Alcohol screening may be required; you may also be required to perform community service
  • Consuming or possessing alcohol while in a vehicle will result in the vehicle being impounded and two points added to your driving record

Drivers who are under the age of 21 will be charged with OWI (Operating While Intoxicated) when the BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) is found to be .02 or higher. Penalties for those under 21 OWI include:

  • Fine of up to $250 and possibly community service (360 hours maximum)
  • Four points added to your driving record
  • Restricted driver's license for 30 days
  • Driver Responsibility fee of $500 to be paid for two consecutive years

In Michigan, there is "zero tolerance" when it comes to teen drivers and offenses involving alcohol. The penalties listed above are considered zero tolerance sanctions for a first offense. If convicted of a second offense within seven years, underage (under 21) drivers will be subject to zero tolerance sanctions which include:

  • Fine of up to $500 and/or 60 days community service
  • 90 day driver's license suspension; if you have been convicted of drunk driving at any time previously, your license will be revoked for one year
  • Four points added to driving record
  • Up to 93 days in jail
  • Driver Responsibility fee of $500 to be paid for two consecutive years

Contact a Trusted Michigan Driver's License Attorney Today

At Grabel & Associates, we understand the seriousness of traffic violations involving alcohol or illegal drugs/substances, particularly when it comes to teens and underage drivers.

Contact us online or call us today to discuss your situation; we are available 24/7 at 1-800-677-9795.

Please note: Recently DLAD/DAAD changed their name to the Administrative Hearings Section (AHS). Common use of the name AHS has not yet been widely accepted and the entity responsible for driver’s license hearings is still referred to as DLAD/DAAD in almost all legal areas, which is why we continue to use the term “DLAD/DAAD” throughout our website. More information about this change can be found at the Michigan Secretary of State’s website here.