San Diego Underage DUI Lawyer

Were you arrested & under the age of 21?

California has a zero tolerance policy towards drivers that are under the legal drinking age and found with alcohol in their system. Unlike other DUI arrests, an underage driver does not need to surpass the legal limit of 0.08% blood alcohol content for an arrest. A minor with any measurable amount of alcohol in their system can be charged and convicted of drunk driving.

If you or someone you love has been charged with underage DUI, it is strongly recommended that you immediately meet with a San Diego DUI lawyer to review the case and all circumstances leading to the arrest. Contact DUI defense lawyer Mark De Yoe and know that you are in good hands.

What are the penalties for an underage DUI?

In the juvenile justice system judges are given a great deal of discretion in assigning penalties to minors convicted of crimes. This is not the case when it comes to DUI charges against underage drivers.

In San Diego, an underage driver may face the following penalties for drunk driving:

  • Mandatory one-year license suspension
  • Fine of up to $1,000
  • DUI school
  • Three to five years’ probation
  • Jail time

Unfortunately, there are numerous different charges than can apply to an underage driver, such as Vehicle Code 23136- underage driving with a BAC of 0.01% or more, Vehicle Code 23140- underage driving with a BAC of 0.05% or greater, and Vehicle Code 23152- driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs. An underage driver can be charged with each that applies.

The penalties for an underage DUI conviction can stick with your child into adulthood. It can affect insurance rates. It is required on some college applications and can affect acceptance. In certain courses of college study, such as education, it could bar them from continuing. This is a serious matter and the time to handle it is immediately following an arrest. A skilled and committed DUI attorney like Mark R. De Yoe is a wise choice to protect you or your child's future.

Why You Need a San Diego DUI Defense Attorney

It is understandable that there may be frustration on the part of parents when their child is arrested for DUI. Entering the criminal justice system as a minor is not recommended as a way to teach a lesson. It can often make things much worse. A compassionate, caring and seasoned DUI attorney like Attorney De Yoe is a very wise choice to handle the immediate problem.

He has been through this before with many clients and can help to prevent a bad situation from getting worse. He has helped many turn it into a positive life lesson, and give a young person every possible opportunity for a second chance without the burden of a conviction.

Contact our team at Mark R. De Yoe, APLC today for a free case evaluation!