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Can A Lawyer Help My Underage DUI Case
If you've been charged with an underage DUI, you are in trouble on multiple fronts.
- You were drinking while driving, which is can be a misdemeanor or a felony depending on situational details.
- You were under the legal age and drinking, which itself can lead to hefty fines and marks on your record.
Furthermore, you may even be a legal adult over the age of 18, but if you are under 21, you will be in trouble on both of these fronts. The punishment may be different for children under the age of 18, again depending on the details of the situation.
Regardless of any of this, a DUI defense lawyer is essential if you have been charged with an underage DUI. As a minor or as an individual under 21, your word will have significantly less weight in the courtroom if you want to challenge the ruling.
DUI law is murky enough that there are enough precedents that could go either way, and if it is your first and last offense, you could get off with a lighter sentence if you have a DUI lawyer advocating for you in court.
Benefits Of A Lawyer
Having a DUI lawyer shows that you are serious about being a productive member of society. You acknowledge that your underage DUI case was just a stupid one-time event of youth, and you show the assembled court that you are ready to grow up by doing things through proper legal channels.
Furthermore, many states have what are known as zero tolerance laws for underage DUI convictions. "Zero tolerance" is a scary legal concept, and your lawyer will help you through the entire legal situation and prepare a defense to ensure that you get the minimum sentence possible.
Lawyers know what you can plead and will be your voice in the courtroom. This is especially important if you caused any damage or injury as the injured parties may force antipathy toward you. A lawyer will do his best to keep this antipathy from sticking by reminding the court that this was just one stupid mistake, and that you shouldn't be punished too harshly. Contact a DUI lawyer today if you've been charged with an underage DUI and get started on building your defense.