When it comes to drunk driving, these charges can be especially hard for young people and their parents, as we have outlined on this blog. However, some may not be aware of the laws in Oregon, which can lead to devastating consequences. For example, someone charged with DUI may lose their driving privileges, which can present a whole host of challenges that interfere with daily life. As a result, it is important for parents and their children who are under 21 to understand the relevant laws in Oregon and any state they drive in.
According to the State of Oregon's official site, there is a zero-tolerance policy in Oregon with respect to drunk driving. Put another way, drivers who are under the age of 21 are not allowed to have any amount of alcohol in their system while operating a motor vehicle. With a BAC limit of 0.0, some young drivers may be completely unaware that they are breaking the law by driving with an extremely small amount of alcohol in their system. Unfortunately, this will not protect them from the potential consequences of drunk driving charges.
Sometimes, making sense of certain laws can be tricky for some people. For example, someone may have a very small amount of alcohol in their system due to consuming wine at a religious ceremony. Moreover, there are other instances where someone might have an extremely small amount of alcohol in their system, even though this would be considered unlawful under Oregon's zero-tolerance policy, and it is important to handle these charges carefully.