Protecting Your License When You're Under 21
Laws governing young drivers are almost always different from those governing people over the age of 21. In Illinois, the difference in treatment is noticeable in the consequences of various traffic violations. People over the age of 21 are governed on a "three strikes and you're out" policy, unlike of-age drivers.
Because of the severity of consequences facing underage drivers for driving crimes, it is important to contact a lawyer after receiving a traffic ticket. At Sullivan & VonBokel, P.C., our attorneys have over 30 years of combined experience representing clients in Madison County, St. Clair County, and throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area of Illinois in driving offenses.
Understanding the Rules
People under the age of 21 are allowed one traffic violation in 24 months. If they get a ticket, they will get a notification stating that one more ticket will result in license suspension. It is important to understand that the 24 month period does not necessarily mean two calendar years. The time period starts at the end of their first conviction (whenever they pay the ticket, the trial is closed, etc.) and ends when the next ticket is issued.
Underage Drinking and Driving
In a similar manner, people under the age of 21 who are pulled over for drinking and driving will face more consequences than someone over 21. Because Illinois has a zero tolerance law, minors who consume any amount of alcohol before driving can have their license suspended, even if their blood alcohol content (BAC) is lower than .08.
All of the following crimes result in suspension of your license:
- Consumption of alcohol
- Possession of alcohol
- Illegal transportation of alcohol
If you are under 21 and get pulled over for any reason, it is important to contact a lawyer. Although you may not choose to retain the lawyer, this helps ensure you have a good understanding of what might happen down the road if you are pulled over again. Contact us online or call 618-207-4473 to schedule your free initial consultation.