Underage DUI in California
Riverside DUI Defense Lawyer
The state has a zero-tolerance law for drivers under age 21. This means
that a driver with .01% BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) may be arrested for
DUI. An individual’s BAC can reach .01% after drinking only one 12 ounce
beer or a 4 ounce glass of wine! The legal consequences are harsh, including
fines and driver's license suspension. Furthermore, upon conviction
the child will have a
DUI on his or her record, which may affect future college, scholarship, and
employment opportunities. It is imperative that you retain experienced
DUI defense as soon as possible to protect your loved one’s rights
and interests during their criminal proceedings and DMV hearing. .
Underage DUI Penalties
For drivers under age 18, the child's license will be suspended until
age 18 or for one year, whichever is greater. For those over 18 but under
the age of 21, license suspension will be for one year. The judge may
also choose to confiscate the child's vehicle.
If the child’s BAC is found to be .05% or above, the prosecutor may
seek to increase the charges to an adult DUI. This means that child is
subject to going to jail and other adult penalties if convicted of drunk
driving. Where the child refuses to submit to alcohol testing, the license
will be suspended for one year.
As in adult DUI, there are actually two prosecutions against the child,
one in the court system on the criminal charges and another at a
DMV hearing over whether the license is to be suspended. It is vital to be represented
by an experienced DUI attorney at both hearings. Do not delay. The accused
young person has only
10 days from the arrest to appeal to the DMV for a hearing.
Enlist powerful defense for your child!
At Grech & Packer, we provide seasoned and aggressive defense to persons
charged with underage DUI. We are Certified Specialists in criminal law,
among the few in the state. We are also AV® rated Preeminent™
in the area of criminal law by the Martindale-Hubbell® national law
We understand the plight of the underage driver charged with DUI. We work
tenaciously to defend the driver from the consequences of conviction and
to preserve his or her privilege to drive. We invite you to
contact the firm for a free consultation to learn how we can fight for your child's future.