Minnesota Underage Drinking and Driving Lawyer & Attorney

In the State of Minnesota, drinking and driving under the age of twenty-one (21) is considered illegal.  This means that even if you are under the .08 BAC blood alcohol content and under the age of twenty-one (21), you can be arrested for underage drinking and driving.  You will face penalties similar to a DWI.  Without proper legal representation, young drivers faced with DWI charges can receive jail time, fines and a loss of license for lengthy periods of time.

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Underage Drinking and Driving First Offenders

If this is your first offense and you are found guilty of underage drinking and driving, then you may be convicted of a misdemeanor. Although this is not as bad as a felony, it does come with a maximum of ninety (90) days in jail and a $1,000 fine. Furthermore, you will have your license revoked up to 180 days. You may not be issued a provisional driver’s license and may be required to meet the following four criteria:

  • Reach the age of 18,
  • Complete a formal course of driving instruction,
  • Complete three additonal months experience operating a motor vehicle, and
  • Complete and pass the written exam for a driver’s license.

There are other provisions under the “Vanessa Law,” named after Vanessa Weiss, a fifteeen (15) year old passenger in a car driven by an unlicensed fifteen (15) year old. Vanessa was killed in 2003, just days before her sixteen (16th) birthday and the law applies to those under the age of eighteen (18).

Support for Family and the Accused

A drinking and driving charge on your criminal record will impact your life in more ways than one. This offense will remain on your criminal record which can be accessed by future employers, colleges, landlords and credit bureaus. If you lose your license, you will also lose your freedom to get to work and school which can cause a financial and emotional strain on the members of your family. Furthermore, being charged for underage drinking and driving comes with social stigmas as well. You may feel a deep sense of shame and this embarrassment may also impact your family in regards to your community reputation.


If you or someone you love have been accused of underage drinking and driving, it’s important that you act fast and contact a Minnesota underage drinking and driving lawyer as soon as possible. Sabby and Reyes Law Firm has the experience and the credentials you will need during this tough time. They will guide you step by step through the legal maze.

Contact the Martindale Hubbell AV Rated Sabby and Reyes Law Firm at 952-828-9000, 651-592-3350, or toll free 1-877-DUI-FIRM 24 hours, 7 days a week for a FREE CONSULTATION and assessment of your case. Tina Sabby and David Reyes will personally provide you with a sound defense strategy and expert legal representation to ensure the best outcome possible. These defense lawyers are experienced, innovative and aggressive. They have an excellent track record and are highly respected and regarded in the legal community.

These Minnesota Underage Drinking & Driving Lawyers represent persons throughout Minnesota including Minneapolis, St. Paul, Twin Cities, Anoka, Apple Valley, Andover, Becker, Big Lake, Blaine, Bloomington, Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Burnsville, Champlin, Chanhassen, Columbia Heights, Coon Rapids, Cottage Grove, Crystal, Eagan, Eden Prairie, Edina, Elk River, Excelsior, Falcon Heights, Farmington, Forest Lake, Fridley, Golden Valley, Hastings, Hopkins, Hugo, Inver Grove Heights, Lake Elmo, Lakeville, Lino Lakes, Little Canada, Long Lake, Mahtomedi, Maple Grove, Maplewood, Mendota Heights, Mounds View, New ope, North St. Paul, Oakdale, Plymouth, Prior Lake, Richfield, Robbinsdale, Rogers, Roseville, Rosemount, St. Anthony, St. Louis Park, Savage, Shakopee, Shoreview, South St. Paul, Spring Lake Park, Stillwater, Vadnais Heights, West St. Paul, White Bear Lake, Zimmerman, and Woodbury. Including, but not limited to, the counties of Hennepin County, Ramsey County, Anoka County, Wright County, Dakota County, Washington County, Carver County, Scott County,  Sherburne County, Isanti County, Chisago County and Stearns County.