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Snohomish County Underage DUI Attorney

Minor DUI Defense in Snohomish County, WA

Anyone under the age of 21 but over 18 can be charged with underage DUI—sometimes called a “minor” DUI—if their blood alcohol content (BAC) measures above 0.02% but below .08%. The term “minor DUI” is misleading because the state typically pursues these charges against legal adults. Because the law forbids people under 21 from drinking alcohol in the first place, the BAC threshold for underage DUI is much lower. However, if an underage drinker’s 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 an underage DUI in Snohomish County, their driver’s license is at risk for an automatic 90-day suspension. An administrative hearing must then be scheduled wherein a final determination will be made regarding whether to suspend the defendant’s license. If they fail to schedule or attend the hearing, their license will be automatically suspended.

If you’ve been charged with underage DUI, the police have your future in their hands. Take it back—call DUIHeroes at 1–800-DUI-HERO. Led by a DUI specialist and a nationally recognized authority on criminal DUI law, our firm is solely committed to the practice of DUI defense. For you, that means getting the strongest possible chance of getting your future back on track.

If you or a loved one has been arrested for a minor DUI, contact a Snohomish County underage DUI attorney for qualified legal representation. You’ll 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 defendant was involved in an injurious or fatal accident, or they have prior DUI convictions. A conviction in a minor DUI case can also result in significantly increased insurance rates. After a conviction, the driver could face limited job opportunities and exclusion from college financial aid programs.

Other penalties for minor DUI can include:

  • Probation
  • Jail time
  • Fines
  • 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 Snohomish County Underage DUI Lawyers

DUIHeroes has beaten numerous minor DUI charges on behalf of our clients. Our firm meticulously investigates every case for police procedure violations that can reduce or dismiss your charges. In fact, our firm has a 90% success average when it comes to getting charges dismissed or reduced. You can count on our team to aggressively protect your future by exhausting every possible defense strategy on the table.

Reach out at 1–800-DUI-HERO if you or a loved has been charged with underage DUI to learn your defense options.


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