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18-year-old woman faces DUI after Palm Desert accident

Dale Gribow Jan. 15, 2015

Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol carries severe consequences no matter what age a driver is. One young woman is now facing DUI related charges after an accident in Palm Desert earlier this month. The 18-year-old was driving with two passengers when she lost control of the vehicle and crashed into the center median. The car then flipped several times before coming to a stop. The woman and her passengers were taken to the hospital and treated for minor injuries. Police say that alcohol may have played a role in the accident.

The woman has been accused of driving under the influence and causing minor injuries. She is currently in custody and officers say that criminal charges will be filed once she gets out. After she is charged with a crime, her ability to legally get behind the wheel again may be in jeopardy.

All states are now targeting drivers under the legal drinking age with “zero tolerance” laws. Drivers over the legal drinking age of 21 are considered legally intoxicated with a blood-alcohol concentration of .08 or higher. California drivers under 21 can face legal penalties if they exhibit BAC levels above .01. Interestingly, a driver can also receive a DUI if they have ingested certain amounts of specific medications, such as prescription drugs or even over-the-counter medications, without actually consuming alcohol directly.

It is also important to know that even if a driver has a BAC level under the legal limit, he or she can still be found guilty of a DUI if the arresting officer can offer additional evidence of impairment. Signs of impairment can include slurred speech, inattention during questioning, the smell of alcohol on one’s breath and of course, reckless driving. Dealing with DUI charges can be difficult in light of the potential consequences, but with an assertive defense a young adult’s rights can be protected.