Minor Charged Drug DUI

Minors charged with driving under the influence in Connecticut face harsher penalties than adults do. This is because driving under the influence itself is a crime, in addition to consuming alcohol at all. Connecticut has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to underage drinking. You can learn more about the penalties that you may face for underage DUI here.


Getting charged with a drug DUI can have consequences that a standard, alcohol DUI does not. The situation becomes even more complex if it is a minor being charged with a drug DUI. On this page, I will discuss some of the important factors to consider if you are a minor charged with a drug DUI. This information can help you understand the process that you now face and how to handle it. 

Zero Tolerance

The state of Connecticut has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to alcohol and minors. This means that if a minor is found with any amount of alcohol in their bloodstream, they will be charged with a DUI. The same is true when it comes to drugs. If it is discovered that a minor is under the influence of drugs in any way, they could face a DUI charge. Even if there is no evidence of impairment, this is still illegal and could lead to a DUI charge. 

Detecting Drugs

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As I have mentioned on other pages on this website, it can be difficult for a police officer to prove that you are under the influence of drugs. Field sobriety tests and tests such as the breathalyzer are designed to determine intoxication of alcohol. It can be much more difficult to detect the use of other drugs because they affect people differently and because there are not many tests designed to do this. Drug detection is usually done after a driver is pulled over. Make sure that the officer had legitimate grounds to pull you over. You and your lawyer can defend against tests that prove intoxication depending on the evidence against you. 

Being Tried as an Adult

Some minors are charged in adult court, depending on a few different factors. For example, a prosecutor might try to have your case transferred to adult court if you are over the age of 16, if you have previous offenses on your record, or if you are charged with serious crimes, such as possession and intent to sell. 

It is important that you and your attorney fight for your case to be tried in juvenile court. If you are tried in adult court, you face adult penalties, including spending time in an adult prison. This should be avoided at all costs. You need to make sure that you hire a good attorney to fight for your case to stay in juvenile court and to defend you against the charges that you face.  

If you would like to discuss your case with an attorney, please contact my office. I have handled drug DUI cases before, and I have worked with minors. I understand the unique situation that you are currently in, and I can help you with your case. Please contact me to discuss your case and I will be happy to answer your questions.

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