Quality Defense For Minors Charged With Drinking And Driving
Underage drivers do not get any leniency for driving under the influence. In fact, the penalties can be more severe for drivers who are under the legal drinking age of 21. They can lose their license if they have had any alcohol before getting behind the wheel.
Have you or your minor son or daughter been arrested for underage DUI or DWI in Maryland? Seek immediate legal help from the experienced defense lawyers at Henley & Henley, Attorneys at Law. Get a free consultation at 410-734-5536.
How DUI Is Different For Underage Drivers
Drivers who are 21 and older are charged with DUI if their blood alcohol content is .08% or greater. For drivers under 21, the BAC threshold is .02. Less than one full serving of alcohol can result in arrest and prosecution.
The punishment for underage drinking and driving is license suspension for six months on a first offense. If the youth or young adult has a BAC of .08 or greater, they are subject to the criminal penalties as well, including fines and possible jail time.
Mounting A Strong Defense For Your Child
We understand that loss of license is a hardship for a young adult and a conviction could close doors for their education or employment prospects. We pursue every avenue to minimize the impact of an underage drinking and driving arrest:
- A complete review of the arrest details and police record, as law enforcement may not have had probable cause
- A thorough analysis of any lab tests or chemical tests performed, since the field sobriety test may not have been administered properly
- Seeking a favorable plea agreement or alternative sentencing, such as a probation before judgment (PBJ) that avoids a DUI conviction on their record
Get Legal Help Today
Our DUI defense lawyers have decades of experience and we practice throughout Ann Arundel and Queen Anne’s counties. Call for a free initial consultation at 410-734-5536, or contact us online to schedule a time. We can meet clients at our offices in Annapolis or Centreville.