Juvenile DWI Charges in New York City
Defense Counsel for Underage Drivers Facing Conviction
New York State has a zero tolerance policy for underage drivers. A driver under the age of 21 who registers at .02% BAC or greater will be facing a DWI charge. This is such a small amount that even a few swallows of any alcoholic beverage could easily lead to registering over the limit. A conviction can cause you to lose your driving privileges for 6 months, and a second offense could lead to license revocation until you are 21.
You will want to take action right away. Contact a New York City DWI defense lawyer from H. Benjamin Perez & Associates, P.C. today. The sooner you retain our services, the sooner we can begin building a sturdy case in your defense.
DWI Convictions Can Put Your Livelihood in Jeopardy
Getting a DWI on your record, especially so early in your driving history, can be absolutely devastating to other aspects of your daily life. You might not be able to get to work or to school if you are unable to drive. Insurance providers will most definitely increase your premiums, as well. Job loss and a reduction of your higher education might be the least of your worries, however. You can also face time in jail and pay high fines for DWIs, even as a juvenile.
Protecting Yourself from the Prosecution
With the dedicated support of one of our respected DUI defense attorneys, you can expect representation that will challenge everything the prosecution uses. We know that the truth and inarguable evidence can be damaging to their case against you. We can put in long hours to ensure that you are defended properly and fairly.
In order to prove that a person under 21 is guilty of a driving while intoxicated, there are several factors that must be proven by the prosecutor, such as:
- The police had valid reasoning for stopping the defendant
- Defendant was actually operating the vehicle when arrested
- Any blood or breath tests were legal
- Results of any tests were accurate and free of contamination
Clear Your Name with a NYC Criminal Defense Attorney
Based on the amount of alcohol that you had allegedly consumed – and how that affected your BAC – the charges you are facing could either be a DWAI or a misdemeanor DWI. If someone was injured and claims to hold you responsible, you might even be charged with a felony offense. Either way, you will likely be taken to court for sentencing. You shouldn’t stand before a judge alone.
The professionals at our firm have litigated thousands of cases in our impressive history, from minor offenses to felony charges. We can put all of our experience and know-how to use defending you against the harsh punishments of the legal system.