DUI Charges for Drivers under the Age of 21
It is against the law for anyone under 21 years of age to operate a motor vehicle with any amount of alcohol in their system. This is referred to as a “zero tolerance” approach, and prosecutors are very serious about these cases and they seek maximum sentencing. If you or your child has been charged with an under 21 DUI offense, you need the advice of a Chicago DUI lawyer who knows the court system and how to defend your interests. Even if you were told you failed a breathalyzer test, don’t be intimidated into pleading guilty. Something can be done about it, and at the Law Offices of Howard J. Wise & Associates we have the experience and knowledge to recognize opportunities when we see them.
Our team includes former prosecutors who have handled thousands of criminal cases in their careers. We understand how the “other side” works and use this knowledge to help our clients in the face of their under 21 DUI charges, regardless of the circumstances. We are ready to determine how we can help you.
DUI Defense Lawyer in Chicago
You may be told that the evidence against you is overwhelming, but being charged does not necessarily mean that you will be convicted if you fight. The penalties for a DUI conviction for someone under the age of 21 are severe – even for a first offense. Penalties vary depending upon the type of offense and whether it is your first or a subsequent minor drunk driving offense. They may include:
- Loss of driving privileges
- Incarceration for up to three years
- Community service for up to 30 days
- Fines of up to $25,000
- Installation of an Interlock Ignition Device upon receiving a restricted license
No matter how solid the evidence against you seems to be, a knowledgeable DUI lawyer from our firm may be able to effectively fight the charges you face.
Aside from other penalties you may be subjected to, a DUI conviction will be a permanent part of your driving record and can appear in any background check by a prospective employer, college admissions board, prospective landlord, insurance company and others. A conviction for underage drinking and driving can cause your auto insurance rates to be raised and in some cases your insurance coverage may be canceled.
Our legal team will do everything possible to defend you from the charges you face. Contact a Chicago under 21 DUI attorney at our firm today to see how we can help you!