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Can an Intoxicated Minor Be Penalized for Driving Other Minors?

When minors drive with alcohol in their systems, they can receive DUIM (driving under the influence by a minor) charges. While DUIM charges can hold severe consequences for the convicted, certain factors can change what the juvenile is charged for. One of these factors is when a child is in the vehicle with the accused.

Driving While Intoxicated with Child Passenger

A minor can be charged for driving while intoxicated (DWI) with a child passenger if the circumstances call for it. However, a minor cannot be charged for a DWI with a child passenger and a DUIM, which means the prosecution must pick which charge to pursue.

A DWI with child passenger charge requires the following:

  • The driver is intoxicated while operating a motor vehicle in a public place; and
  • The vehicle being operated by the driver is occupied by a passenger younger than 15 years of age.

Based on the criteria, here are some situations where a minor couldn’t be charged for a DWI with a child passenger:

  • The driver has alcohol in their system and a child passenger is in the vehicle, but the driver is not intoxicated.
  • The driver is intoxicated and a passenger is in the vehicle, but the passenger is 15 years old.

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