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
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
- 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!