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DWIs affect all people: Arrests can lead to jail time

The penalties for getting a DWI go far beyond the financial. Socially, you could face repercussions such as a lack of trust or faith in your actions. You could lose your job or have trouble finding work. If you're a student, it could be difficult to get to school or maintain a job.

While the legal limit for your blood alcohol content (BAC) is .08 percent, you can be charged with a DWI for less. It is important that you understand your rights if you're arrested because not being clear on what you can do or should do could hurt your case in the long run.

Do underage DWIs cause more damage?

All DWIs cause damage, and the impact DWIs have will depend on your exact circumstances. Some people get lucky and retain their job and have the support of their social circles. Others are less likely and are left with the inability to attend school, a lack of funding and no transportation.

Drivers under 21 who have any amount of alcohol in their blood from .02 percent or higher face underage DWI charges. In New York, all alcohol or drug-related offenses can result in a loss of driving privileges, a possible jail term and fines.

The Zero Tolerance Law results in at least a one-year revocation of a minor's license and two fines, one being the civil penalty of $125, and the second being the $100 reapplication fee.

If you're charged with a DWI regardless of age, know that you have a chance to defend yourself and to fight for your right to drive.

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