Drivers in Illinois who are under the age of 21 are subject to a zero-tolerance drunk driving law. For a first offense, an individual will lose his or her license for three months, and the penalty increases to six months for refusing to take a alcohol test. Violating the zero-tolerance policy a second time prior to age 21 will result in a license suspension of up to a year.
Juvenile courts in Illinois often handle what are known as "status offenses." These are activities deemed unlawful because of an offender's age, such as possession or consumption of alcohol, truancy and curfew violations.