When someone is pulled over for DUI, they may be flooded with uncertainty and negative emotions such as extreme stress and fear. This can be a very difficult position to find yourself in, to say the least. Some people decide to refuse a breath test for various reasons, but it is important to be aware that doing so may lead to various consequences. We have discussed many of the consequences of breath test refusal and drunk driving in general on our blog. However, it is important to remember that a driver’s age may also have an impact on the consequences they face.
When someone refuses to submit to a breath test and they are under the age of 21, they may face significantly harsher penalties. This is important to keep in mind if you are a teen driver or you have a child who is under 21 and drives. To make things even more complicated, zero tolerance laws mean that underage drivers who are found to have any amount of alcohol in their system may be charged with driving under the influence.
Drivers under the age of 21 may have their license suspended for even longer if they refuse to take a breath test. There may be certain options on the table, too, and some drivers who refuse to take a breath test may be able to reduce the consequences of this decision by participating in a program, for example. However, every case is unique, so it is important to review your individual options carefully.