Underage DUI charges. Now what?
Underage DUI is very dangerous and this is one of the many reasons why the law enforcement authorities do their best to apprehend the DUI criminals. Furthermore, if the driver was underage (under 21 in most of the states), the legal consequences for him or her may be very harsh.
Generally speaking, there are three main categories of underage DUI offenses, including:
- BAC of 0.01% or more – any underage driver, who is going to be caught driving the vehicle with the BAC of 0.01% is risking to lose driver’s license for a year.
- BAC of 0.05% or more – any underage driver, who was operating his or her vehicle with the BAC of 0.05% is going to face mandatory alcohol rehab classes and license suspension for a year.
- BAC of 0.08% or more – any underage driver, who is caught operating his or her vehicle with BAC of 0.08% or higher is going to be charged with a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the circumstances. The punishment may include imprisonment, expensive fines, community service, license suspension as well as probation.
In addition, “Zero Tolerance” law is applied to any underage drivers, who have at least 0.01% of BAC or who refuse to submit themselves to tests in the first place.
Save Your Driver’s License
Sure enough, no one will want to lose their driver’s license for DUI, but the very first thing that the law enforcement officer is going to do when he arrests you is take your license away. Instead you will be provided with a special temporary permit that will grant you the right to operate your vehicle for 30 more days. After that, your license is going to be revoked. Of course, if you would like to challenge this decision, you can always file an official request to the DOL (Department of Licensing), but make sure that you file the request within 10 days after the incident, otherwise you risk losing your license for good.
DUI Impacts Your Criminal Record
A DUI on your criminal record, especially in such an early age, may have a very negative impact on your life. Finding a decent job with DUI records in your personal background is not going to an easy task indeed. This is why it is so important to get in touch with a qualified as well as genuinely experienced DUI attorney at the earliest opportunity.
Only will a good DUI lawyer knows how to proceed in court depending on the circumstances of your case. You will get qualified legal advice and representation, which is pretty much invaluable when it comes to the DUI cases. Seeing how severe penalties really are, it makes sense to hire the best Seattle underage DUI lawyer you can in order to avoid the harshest punishment. If you were a, contact us immediately!
Kleyner Law Offices, Seattle DUI lawyer