Underage DUI Attorney Lynnwood, WA
Underage DUI Laws in Washington State
Anyone under the age of 21 but at least 18 can be charged with a “minor DUI” if their blood alcohol content (BAC) is between 0.02% and 0.08%. The term “minor DUI” can be misleading because it does not describe a DUI filed against a minor. This BAC limit is much lower than the typical limit because it is unlawful for that person to be drinking alcohol in the first place. If their BAC level is 0.08% or greater, they can be charged with a standard DUI and face mandatory jail time and heavy fines. They will also likely be required to be evaluated for chemical dependency by a state agency and may be required to receive mandatory alcohol counseling.
When someone is arrested for a minor DUI, their driver's license is at risk for automatic suspension for 90 days. An administrative hearing must then be scheduled where a final determination will be made regarding the status of the minor's license. If they fail to schedule or attend the hearing, their license will be permanently suspended.
If you or a loved one has been arrested for a minor DUI, contact a Lynnwood underage DUI attorney for qualified legal representation. You will need the services of a capable and experienced DUI defense lawyer when contesting minor DUI charges.
Washington State Underage DUI Penalties
Minor DUI is a misdemeanor offense but can also be charged as a felony if the case involves an accident that resulted in injuries or fatalities, or there is a prior history of DUI convictions. A conviction in a minor DUI case can also result in significantly increased insurance rates. After a conviction, the driver will also have a criminal record that can limit job opportunities and exclude them from educational financial aid programs.
The penalties for minor DUI can include:
- Jail time
- Alcohol evaluation and treatment
- Attendance at a DUI victim's panel
- Community service
- Driver's license suspension
- Washington State Alcohol Safety Action Program
- Court-ordered installation of an ignition interlock device
Call Our Lynnwood Underage DUI Lawyers!
DUIHeroes is a highly knowledgeable DUI firm that has successfully represented many clients charged with minor DUIs. We can explain the DUI process and what you can expect during legal proceedings. Our firm reviews every case for police procedure violations that can result in a reduction in charges or case dismissal. You can count on our team to protect your constitutional rights and your driving privileges by aggressively defending you however we can.
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- Founding Attorney, Jonathan Dichter
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