If you’ve decided to get behind the wheel of a car (or operate some other sort of vehicle) after having one too many - you could have some serious problems on your hands. That list of problems could be even longer if you’re under 21. Since many states have zero tolerance laws for underage drinkers, a driver under 21 who has any alcohol detected during a blood alcohol content (BAC) test could face legal action.
Getting a DUI is always a serious offense, but getting charged with an underage DUI can lead to consequences that can affect you for years to come. However, if you’ve been charged with a DUI and you’re under 21, a lawyer can help you explore some of your options. Keep reading to find out what to do if you’re charged with an underage DUI.
Contact A Lawyer Right Away
If you’re facing an underage DUI charge, the first thing you probably want to do is call your parents. However, what you should do is contact a lawyer immediately. Even if you think you can handle the situation yourself, trying to do so could be a huge mistake.
Keep in mind that receiving a DUI under 21 could result in the following:
If the officer who pulled you over had no reason to do so, your lawyer may have a stronger case. For that reason, it’s important to try to document the events leading up to and including your run-in with police. Try your best to remember things such as the speed you were driving, whether or not you were told your Miranda Rights, and/or whether your vehicle was out of compliance with local laws (missing license plates, lights, etc.). The sooner this information is documented, the better.
Prepare For Your Day In Court
If you’ve been charged with an underage DUI, there is a chance that your case may go to trial. Your lawyer can help you prepare for facing a judge and help you understand the different outcomes you can face. When you hire a legal professional, the two of you become a team for the duration of your case. Even when working with an attorney, it’s still important to educate yourself as much as possible. Going into a trial unprepared could quickly backfire and damage the defense your lawyer has prepared.
A good lawyer is an essential component for any underage DUI case. With an experienced lawyer by your side, you may be able to give your situation a chance at having a favorable outcome. Attorney Brian Nash has nearly a decade of experience working with a wide range of clients. He brings a vast amount of knowledge, drive, and determination to every case he works with. If you or someone you know is dealing with an underage DUI, please contact Nash Law, PLLC today at 615-628-7555.
This article was written by the author on behalf of Nash Law, PLLC.