If you are under the age of 21 and have been arrested for suspected DUI, you need to act fast. You could be charged for DUI even with very little alcohol in your system. In Maryland, a BAC of .02% or above is considered illegal for minors. If you are over 18, you can be charged as an adult for the criminal aspect your case, putting your future at risk. You cannot afford such a serious conviction on your record, so make sure you have a seasoned Prince George's County underage DUI lawyer in your corner!
Anyone underage driver convicted of a DUI faces two types of consequences. Their license will be suspended by the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) for up to six months for a first DUI offense, with subsequent DUIs result in longer suspensions. Following this, there will be criminal punishments.
Criminal sanctions for underage DUI are decided by a Maryland Court or Juvenile Court depending on whether the offender is a minor. Maryland has no mandatory minimum sentences which means the judge can consider other mitigating and aggravating factors such as whether or not it was a first offense, the blood alcohol level, results of field sobriety tests.
Those under 21 can also be charged with the following in addition to a DUI:
An insurance company may raise your rates or even drop your coverage if you are convicted . Worst of all, you will have a DUI on your record for life which can severely limit your chances at things such as being accepted to college or landing a good job or finding a home loan. You cannot afford to go through this time on your own!
When the states are this high, trust Gracia & Mintz to come to your aid and fight to protect your future. Our Prince George's County underage DUI attorneys can use their experience as former prosecutors to challenge your arrest and if necessary, work to downgrade your charge to a "wet reckless' which has less serious consequences.
Arrested for drunk driving while underage? Call us right away if you have been charged with underage DUI!