Q) Are the DWI laws different for people under 21?
A) DWI laws for people under 21 are more strict. New Jersey has a zero tolerance underage drinking law and as such a person who is under the legal drinking age of 21 can be convicted of an “underage DWI” if he or she is operating a motor vehicle with a BAC between 0.01% and 0.08%. If the individual blows a BAC of 0.08% or above, or shows signs of intoxication, he or she can be charged with a DWI or DUI and will be subject to all the fines and penalties normally associated with a DWI for a person of legal age.
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