Underage DUI Lawyer in Santa Barbara, CA
Santa Barbara Criminal Defense Attorneys
The drinking age nationwide is 21 years old and anyone pulled over on suspicion
of drunk driving who is under the legal age can be charged with an underage
DUI. If found guilty, this can lead to serious penalties in the short
term such as jail time and problems later on in life when trying to get
into college or find a job. Take the first step in your defense by speaking
with a Santa Barbara
Because we have a
former district deputy attorney as a part of our firm, Appel & Morse means we understand how the prosecution
is likely to proceed to obtain a conviction and can use this information
against them. Our firm has more than 30 years of collective experience
fighting for the rights of the accused and we can do what it takes to
avoid a conviction at all costs.
What penalties am I facing?
While California is a zero-tolerance state, a driver’s blood alcohol
must be more than 0.01% for a driver to be arrested for drunk driving.
Underage drinking has separate penalties as opposed to those for drivers
over 21, but other charges such as minor in possession of alcohol can
compound the punishment.
Penalties for underage DUI include:
- 4 days to 6 months in jail
- $1400 to $2600 in fines
- Licenses suspension of 30 days to 10 months
- 10 days to 1 year in jail, $1800 to $2800 in fines, and a 2-year suspension
for a second conviction
Another factor to consider is the damage a DUI will do to your insurance
premiums which could increase dramatically after a conviction. Your insurer
may even terminate your policy or refuse to renew it.
Begin Your Defense Today
You need an aggressive Santa Barbara DUI lawyer when your future is on
the line. When you are ready to begin your life as an adult, a DUI on
your record can seriously limit your potential, so get our
criminal defense firm to challenge your arrest and protect your future!
Schedule your free consultation and discuss your case with us today—(805) 467-6060!