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8. What If I'm Under 18 Years Old?

Juvenile DUIs (under 18 years old) are usually treated differently than adult DUI's in Mendocino County. Typically, the juvenile probation department in Ukiah is first to become involved, and will usually contact a juvenile and his/her parents immediately if the juvenile is in custody, or subsequent to arrest if the juvenile is released.

A decision will be made whether to recommend a probation hearing or Mendocino County juvenile court proceedings at the juvenile court in Ukiah. If the case proceeds to a juvenile DUI finding, then one can typically expect to see at least 6 months formal probation (including reporting to an assigned probation officer, random search and seizure terms, and random drug/alcohol testing), 10-20 hours community service, one-year license suspension, DUI youth classes, CHP start smart program, and approximately a $400 fine.

According to the Mendocino District Attorney, because the primary goal in juvenile court is rehabilitation of the juvenile offender, local criminal justice resources include Juvenile Hall, special schools for delinquent minors, Juvenile Probation’s IMPACT program, and counseling through local agencies. Minors are also ordered to perform community service, go to drug and alcohol treatment, and participate in anger management classes. At times the court resorts to out-of-home placement for minors who need more structure than what their parents and our local resources can provide.

Although juvenile criminal records in Ukiah may be sealed at age 18, DMV records will continue to show juvenile DUI suspensions (typically one year) for at least 10 years following a Mendocino County incident. The following link is an example of a 22 year old man's DMV driving record showing one juvenile alcohol suspension with .03% alcohol (age 16), one minor DUI with .08/.07% alcohol (age 20), two suspended license cases, and one adult DUI with .11/.12% alcohol (age 22): Juvenile DMV Record. Consult with a Mendocino DUI lawyer about your specific case.


Any result portrayed was dependent on the facts of that case, and the results will differ if based on different facts.

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Dave Jake Schwartz is an Honors Graduate from UC Hastings Law School, and UC Davis, former Federal Judicial Clerk, and Nationally Qualified Sobriety Tests Practitioner. Member of the California Bar for 30 years, North Bay resident for over 20 years, handles only DUI cases, including thousands of North Bay DUIs and DMV hearings: first/multiple offenders, minors, seniors, tourists, undocumented immigrants, veterans, probation violations, suspended license, public intoxication, open container, minor in possession, child endangerment, collisions, hit and run, evading, resisting arrest.


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