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Underage DUI

Los Angeles Underage DUI Lawyer

What is your best DUI defense strategy if you have been arrested for an underage DUI under California Vehicle Code 23136 in Los Angeles County?

It is a bad idea to start your life with a criminal record that can stay with you for the rest of your life. If you have a DUI pending in either the juvenile court or even the adult court, you should figure out a way to hire a savvy DUI defense lawyer to protect your record and future.

Most prosecutors and judges will give a young person a break if your DUI attorney can devise a reason for them to do so. A seasoned attorney knows what will make a difference to the prosecutors when it comes time to resolve your case.

General Information:

If our attorneys can show the prosecutors and judge that you are on the right path, but for this DUI case, then they will be much more receptive to a resolution that protects your record and good name.

Also, character letters and examples of you doing the right thing are always helpful. If you have good grades in school, are being accepted to a good college, have a solid job, and have good character, the prosecutors and judge are much more likely to give you a favorable resolution in your case.

DUI Strategies for Underage California DUI Charges

What are some possible resolutions if you have underage drinking and driving charges in Los Angeles County? If you are under the age of eighteen, then many diversionary type resolutions can be used to protect your record from being forever marked.

If this is your first drunk driving offense, you are situated in an excellent position to obtain a resolution you can live with. Your DUI lawyer will have to meet with the powers that be, armed with the information necessary to convince them that your conduct was an aberration that will not repeat itself.

If, on the other hand, you are over eighteen but under twenty-one, then your case will be heard in the adult court. Los Angeles County prosecutors and judges are particularly concerned about underage persons drinking and driving.

These drivers account for most of the accidents on the roads and are much more likely to end up in a severe accidents because of their inexperience. In my opinion, these cases must be handled by the best and most experienced drunk driving attorneys.

Some things can help these particular drivers, but a strategy going into the case is necessary. Your attorney will have to convince the judge that you are not a danger to the community. If the prosecutor and judge feel you are a danger, they will do everything to stop you from driving and severely punish you. 

Your best bet is to get a list of questions together, alert your parents (if you need them to help you with the attorney fees), and choose a DUI attorney you feel comfortable with has been down the road you are about to travel had success.

California's Zero Tolerance Law

Have you been arrested for underage drinking and driving? There is a “Zero Tolerance“ law for underage drunk drivers in California. Our DUI lawyers know and understand the specific rules as to under 21 DUI arrests, and we will aggressively fight on your behalf if you have been arrested for a DUI and are underage.

If you are under 21 and your blood alcohol level is 0.01% or higher, you will be arrested for driving under the influence; there is zero tolerance for underage drunk drivers, hence the “Zero Tolerance” law.

What Happens to my Driver's License if it's Suspended?

If you are underage and are arrested for driving under the influence, there are three different criminal offenses with penalties:

  • if your blood alcohol level concentration was 0.01% or greater, you may face driver's license suspension for one year;
  • if your blood alcohol concentration is .05% or greater, you may face a mandatory alcohol education/rehabilitation program, as well as driver's license suspension for one year;
  • if your blood alcohol concentration is .08% or greater, you may be charged with a misdemeanor or a felony. You may be punishable by imprisonment, fines, driver's license suspension, community service, probation, etc.

If you are under 21 and are facing DUI charges, you will need the immediate assistance of an aggressive, experienced, and skilled DUI lawyer. Our attorneys are the ones that will competently and persistently fight on your behalf, striving to get you the best possible results.

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Hedding Law Firm is committed to answering your questions about DUI law issues in California and throughout the United States.

I'll privately discuss your case with you at your convenience. All consultations are free, discreet, and confidential. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.