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In Arizona, it is against the law to drink alcohol until one reaches the age of 21. So, it follows that it is also against the law to drink and drive if under 21. Unlike a DUI, this is a zero tolerance law.
If convicted, there is no mandatory jail sentence, no mandatory fine, and no points assessed. There is, however, a 2–3 year driver license suspension, depending on the young offender’s age. Under some circumstances, the Judge can allow a work/school permit, along with the requirement of installation of an ignition interlock device.
Additionally, if an offender is 18–20+ years old, he/she may also be charged with DUI if the alcohol concentration (BAC) is over .08%. This can result in harsher treatment than a person who is over 21. If the offender is under 18, then the case may end up in Juvenile Court where detention is mandatory in the county Juvenile Detention Facility.
MVD does not differentiate between juvenile and adult. Once someone gets a driver license, points and suspensions accumulate. These cases are sensitive and if not handled properly, can have a devastating effect on a young driver and the future. We pride ourselves in working out compromises that help lessen the blow and long term effect of these cases.