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  • Youre under 21 and you were arrested for drunk driving and you failed the breath test.

  • What happens next? I’m Steve Brooks. I’m a criminal trial attorney in Massachusetts

  • and I have an office in Boston and one in Dedham. I can answer your questions about

  • this subject. In Massachusetts, the penalties are enhanced for people who are under 21 years

  • of age who fail the breath test. In Massachusetts, if the blood alcohol result is .02% or higher

  • the defendant is required to attend a youth alcohol program. The program is very similar

  • to the adult 24-D programs, geared towards younger offenders. It’s important to know

  • that this requirement is in place regardless of the result of the criminal case. The registrar

  • of Motor Vehicles will not reinstate the license of a person who is under 21 unless they enroll

  • in the youth alcohol program. The person could win their case in court or have it dismissed

  • and would still have to enroll and complete the program. Completion of the program is

  • very important for someone who is under 21. If the driver enrolls in the program but doesn’t

  • finish, the registry will take the license away for an additional 6 months. So it’s

  • important once the enrollment is made to follow through with the program. If the result of

  • the breath test is higher than .08%, then the case is similar to one as an adult. Now

  • youre watching this video because you are under 21 or someone close to you is under

  • 21 and took a breathalyzer and failed it. I can answer your questions about this subject.

  • I handle these cases every day. Call me. My number is 781-251-0555. Thanks for watching.

Youre under 21 and you were arrested for drunk driving and you failed the breath test.

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Under 21 and Failed Breath Test - MA Criminal Law Attorney Steve Brooks Explains the Penalties

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    Amy.Lin posted on 2017/11/25
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