The crime of Zero Tolerance is a serious offense because it is a form of drunk driving charge. A person will be charged with Zero Tolerance if he/she has a body alcohol content of between .02 and .08 while driving a motor vehicle or has the presence of any amount of alcohol in his/her body resulting from the consumption of alcohol. As long as police conducted the investigation, arrest, and alcohol test properly, a Zero Tolerance charge can be difficult to challenge. However, experienced defense counsel will know what to look for and how to level a serious challenge to this type of charge.
A conviction on this offense will require 360 hours of community service for a first offense with 1 year of supervised probation, and up to 93 days in jail and 480 hours of community service with 1-2 years of supervised probation for a second offense. The more prior convictions a person has on his/her driving record, the more serious the consequences. A temporary license suspension and/or restriction will also result from a conviction on this offense and there will be substantial fines, court costs, and state fees.