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Texas is a “zero tolerance” state, meaning that a person under the age of 21 is not allowed to have any alcohol in his or her system, whether or not he or she is operating a vehicle. If you test positive for alcohol while operating a vehicle as a minor, you may find yourself charged with underage DWI.
According to the Texas Department of Transportation (DOT), the following penalties may apply for a first offense of underage DWI, with any detectable amount of alcohol in one’s system:
If a driver is under the age of 21 and has a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or greater, he or she may face the following penalties: