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Consequences of underage DUI conviction in Pennsylvania

On Behalf of | Mar 25, 2024 | DUI | 0 comments

Driving under the influence is a serious offense in Pennsylvania, especially for minors. Conviction for DUI carries severe consequences with additional penalties before age 21.

Understanding the legal consequences can help you navigate the next steps when you or a loved one who is underage faces these charges.

License suspension

An immediate consequence of a DUI conviction as a minor in Pennsylvania is driver’s license suspension. The length of the suspension varies based on factors such as your blood alcohol concentration and previous DUI arrest. However, even first-time offenders typically face license suspension.


In addition to license suspension, the court can require you to pay fines if you receive a DUI conviction as a minor. These substantial financial penalties can add up quickly, placing a burden on you and your family.

Community service

Convicted individuals could face many hours of community service. This time-consuming requirement limits focus on responsibilities like school and work.

Alcohol education programs

In some cases, the judge may order a minor to attend an alcohol education program. These sessions inform individuals about the dangers of drinking and driving.

Impact on future opportunities

A DUI conviction will show up on background checks. It can affect your ability to get a job, apply for college or obtain certain types of financial aid.

Pennsylvania imposes serious, long-lasting consequences for minors convicted of driving under the influence. These laws emphasize the severe impact of impaired driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, about 25% of fatal auto accidents involve an underage DUI.



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