Get Representation from a Fresno DUI Attorney
For California drivers 21 years old and older, there is a legal limit to how much alcohol can been in their system while they operate a motor vehicle. Motorists under 21, however, are not allowed to have any alcohol in their body while driving. Even a blood alcohol content (BAC) reading of 0.01 is enough for an underage driver to be slapped with an underage DUI charge.
These charges are particularly unfortunate for young drivers—they’re enrolled in school, starting careers, paying insurance, setting out on life itself. Underage DUI charges can bring young motorists’ lives to screeching halt.
That’s why it’s crucial for you to seek proper legal representation—there is too much on the line in the lives of a young drivers to trust a public defender. I have a long, proven history of achieving the best possible results for my clients, including countless DUI cases. You can call me today to get an effective, assertive defense started for your case.
What penalties am I facing?
Underage DUI penalties vary based on the accused’s driving record. As you might expect, repeat offenders are subject to harsher penalties.
Penalties for a first underage DUI:
- Up to 6 months in jail
- Up to a $2,600 fine
- Suspended license up to 10 months
Penalties for a second underage DUI charge:
- Up to 1 year in jail
- Up to $2,800 fine
- Suspended license up to 2 years
It is also critical to note that those charged with underage DUI are often subject to additional charges at the time of their arrest. Law enforcement may be quick to determine how the alcohol was obtained, if there are children endangered in the car, or if there other intoxicated passengers. These factors, and others, can quickly compound penalties in underage DUI cases.
The Law Office of Gerald Schwab, Jr is Ready to Fight
Underage DUI charges are often the first serious charge young people must deal with and that can be overwhelming and frightening. With an experienced Fresno DUI lawyer, it doesn’t have to be. As a former Deputy District Attorney, I know how pursue the harshest penalties for offenders—and how to defend against them.