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How are drivers under 21 penalized for marijuana possession

For young people who have not reached the age of 21, there are a number of legal restrictions and the consequences of a criminal conviction may be different because of the person's age. Even if someone under 21 is legally considered an adult, they are not able to purchase alcohol. Furthermore, it is important for young people and their parents to understand how the penalties for certain offenses can vary depending on an individual's age. For example, being convicted of marijuana possession in Stamford or anywhere else in Connecticut can have a unique impact on drivers who are under the age of 21.

According to the Connecticut General Assembly, individuals who are under 21 face penalties that affect their ability to drive if they are convicted of possessing a small amount of marijuana. Under state law, those who have not reached the age of 21 and have been convicted of possessing under a half-ounce of marijuana will have their driver's license (or non-resident operating privileges) suspended for a total of 60 days. Additionally, those who are under 21 and convicted of possessing small amounts of marijuana but do not have a driver's license will have to wait 150 days until they will become eligible to receive a driver's license.

For young Americans, drug convictions can generate a variety of problems and it is very important for anyone experiencing these challenges to take the right approach. After all, the outcome of a case may follow someone around for many years. This information is not to be interpreted as legal advice.

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