The same as a regular DUI (driving under the influence) charge, underage DUI also criminalizes the driver’s actions of getting behind the wheel of a motor vehicle after drinking too much. The difference is that underage DUI is specifically charged against drivers younger than 21. In effect, these people have committed dual offenses: driving while intoxicated and
Underage drinking may be commonplace in Virginia but it is illegal. Virginia law treats it as a criminal offense with serious consequences. The same is true for charges of furnishing alcohol to a minor. 21 and Under In 1933, after the 21st Amendment was repealed, each state was able to set a legal drinking age.