Seattle Minor DUI Lawyer
Underage DUI Laws in Washington
A minor can be charged with DUI if their blood alcohol content (BAC) is 0.02% or greater. If the minor's BAC is 0.08% or greater, they can be tried as an adult and face penalties that include jail time and heavy fines. They will also be evaluated for chemical dependency by a state agency and may be required to receive mandatory alcohol counseling.
When a minor is arrested for DUI, their driver's license is automatically suspended 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 the minor fails to schedule or attend the hearing, their license will be permanently suspended.
If you or a loved one has been arrested for minor DUI, contact a Seattle DUI attorney for qualified legal representation. You will need the services of a capable and experienced DUI defense lawyer when contesting minor DUI charges.
Underage DUI Penalties
Minor DUI is a misdemeanor offense but can be 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. The minor 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 DUI Heroes for a Free Case Evaluation
DUI Heroes is a highly knowledgeable DUI firm that has successfully represented many minor clients charged with DUI. 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 to aggressively defend you.
Contact a Seattle minor DUI attorney at our office if you or a loved has been charged with minor DUI to find out about the laws pertaining to your case.