Criminal Defense Attorney Patrick Apple explains that in North Carolina there is a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to driving and underage consumption of alcohol. This means that even if a person under the age of 21 has a .01 blood alcohol level, they can and will get charged with driving after consuming underage. They are facing the same consequences as a DWI, a loss of license, possible jail time, and a non-expungable criminal record. Fortunately, there are deferred dismissal programs, conditional discharge, and a prayer for judgment continued which might help lessen the consequences to the person’s driving license and their criminal record. If you or someone you know has been charged with driving after consuming underage, you need an experienced attorney by your side. Call one of our DWI Defense Attorneys today and consult on the specifics of your case.