Most people know that the legal blood alcohol content (BAC) limit is .08 for the purposes of driving under the influence (DUI) cases. However with the new laws, it is important to realize what happens when a minor gets a DUI charge under the age of 21 in any state of the country. What some people are not aware of is that most states have enacted a “zero tolerance” policy regarding DUI and DWI by those drivers below the legal drinking age of twenty-one. This policy was the direct result of the states realization that many alcohol related incidents involved underage DUI cases.
Thus to combat that rising issue, the state mandates that any minor whose breath test results reveal a .02 BAC or higher is subject to immediate arrest for a juvenile or underage DUI charge. If you or your child has been charged with this particular type of DUI as a minor, contact us for a free online analysis of the arrest details as soon as possible. Then we are in an informed position of the situation to discuss all of your available options in what to do next along with potential ways to get out of the offense in court.
The consequences of this type of DUI for alcohol or drugs as a juvenile offender can be particularly bad. This occurs because the criminal record of a guilty plea or conviction can affect every aspect of a young person’s life for decades to follow if not handled properly and in a timely fashion to get cleared. Dealing with the problem early is of paramount importance, and an expert DUI attorney can greatly increase your chances of dismissing the case, after reviewing the case details.
There are many options that can be examined for individuals in this position, ranging from pre-trial intervention to suppression or exclusion of certain pieces of potentially damaging evidence. In many instances, our free online arrest review also helps provide additional information that is useful in learning actions to take in how to get out of and drop a underage charge as a juvenile DUI or DWI offender.
Although a juvenile and underage DUI case face tougher standards, the standard of care required of the arresting officers is also greater. There are many defenses that a provides you to use to either dismiss the charges altogether or to push for a lesser charge (plea bargain down). Oftentimes, a lesser charge can save a juvenile from the very ugly blunder that would have otherwise been on his or her record for years if not forever. This can also save thousands of dollars in insurance costs that accompany a conviction for juvenile underage DUI case.
It is important for both minors and their parents to understand what will happen and contemplate the severity of the charges when below the age of 21. Please contact us immediately for a free online analysis of the arrest specifics. This way you will learn all possible best defense options for what to do and how to beat a juvenile or underage DUI case, and keep a minor’s record clear.