Protecting the Future of Youths Charged With DUI
As a parent, few things can be scarier than getting a call from the police or the local jail saying that your child has been arrested. To hear that your child is being charged with a DUI can elicit a variety of emotions ranging from anger and disappointment to fear, and even dread. No matter what you are feeling, however, the first thing that you need to do is start planning for their defense.
Similarly, as the subject of a DUI arrest yourself, simply facing DUI charges at all is scary enough as it is. When you are faced with a DUI charge before you are legally old enough to drink, however, this adds an entirely new level of terror to the situation.
Whether you are the parent of a child charged with DUI, or you are under 21 and charged with DUI yourself, an underage DUI conviction can cause major problems for years to come, including being denied admission to college, loss of employment, loss of driver’s license, and much more. And all it takes is a 0.02% BAC reading for someone under the age of 21 to be charged with a DUI. Don’t let one youthful mistake potentially lead to a lifelong impact.
Our team of DUI attorneys has the experience needed to defend youth and young adults from these very serious charges. Read through some of the most effective defense strategies that are available to protect your child:
- Age Based Defense – Most judges recognize that children sometimes make bad decisions, and that shouldn’t hurt them for the rest of their life. We’ll show why having a DUI on their record is going to hurt the child and society for years to come.
- Consent of Field Tests – There is significant legal precedent for showing that underage people can’t give legal consent, and this can include to consenting to perform a field sobriety test. This type of argument can help get the prosecutor’s evidence thrown out.
- Breathalyzer Defense – If a breathalyzer was administered in the field, we’ll work to have this diminished or thrown out as well based on both the ability of the officer to administer the test, and the ability of the minor to consent to taking it.
- Age Based Behavior – If an officer pulled a minor over simply because they were ‘acting like kids’ that is typically not going to be just cause. If there was no reason to pull them over in the first place, it may be possible to have all the charges dismissed.
- Other Options – As with any case, there are many defense options that are based on the unique details of the situation. Our attorneys will work with you to go over every aspect of the case and develop a custom defense that has the best chance of getting the desired results.
Contact Us to Defend Your Child
We are passionate about helping all clients fight against DUI charges, but we certainly have a special place in our hearts for children and young adults. We’ve all made mistakes in our youth, and it is not right to have those mistakes follow us around for years to come. With this in mind, we offer a free consultation to all new clients to go over their case and discuss their options. Contact us to schedule a consultation and begin planning a defense against an underage DUI charge today.