Few things can be more detrimental to one’s future than a criminal conviction on their record. Scottsdale vigorously enforces all of the Arizona DUI laws and underage drinking and driving is no exception. Under Arizona Revised Statute 4-244(33), it is illegal for anyone under 21 years of age to operate a vehicle with any alcohol in their system. Unlike other DUI offenses,
Scottsdale DUI Underage DUI charges do not require proof of impairment or a certain BAC level – even the slightest quantity of alcohol can result in a conviction.
Although a jail sentence is not mandatory, minors who are found guilty of this crime are eligible for a jail term of up to 6 months. At a minimum, those convicted will have a class one misdemeanor conviction on their record which will affect their future ability to find gainful employment, get into college, or maintain affordable car insurance rates. The court can suspend the minor’s drivers license for up to two years, impose fines and surcharges totaling thousands of dollars and order you to perform community service. Don’t expect the judge to go easy on you just because you’re young either. In fact, the court might seek to teach young people what they hope will be a valuable lesson by sentencing them more harshly than they would a person of legal drinking age. If you’re facing charges of Underage DUI in Scottsdale, it’s definitely no laughing matter. It’s in your best interest to consult a qualified Scottsdale Underage DUI Attorney the minute you know you might be in trouble.
Many underage drivers charged with DUI in Scottsdale are unpleasantly surprised to learn that they can be charged with both Underage DUI and a “regular” Scottsdale DUI offense. For example, if a 19 year old individual is arrested for DUI and his blood test results indicate a BAC of .11%, he will be charged with both Underage DUI and a regular DUI for having a BAC at or above .08%. The mandatory penalties (including jail time) for regular DUI offenses apply to minors and adults alike. If you or a loved one is underage and facing Scottsdale DUI charges, it is imperative that you immediately contact an experienced Scottsdale DUI Lawyer.
Underage DUI Defense
Scottsdale DUI attorney Joshua S. Davidson understands the severity of your situation and he will put his knowledge of DUI law and extensive courtroom experience to work for you. By employing tried and true aggressive investigative and defensive strategies, Mr. Davidson will maximize your chances of beating the charges against you, maintaining a clean criminal record, and regaining control over your future.
Scottsdale Underage DUI Lawyer Joshua S. Davidson will fight for your freedom by:
- Aggressively scrutinizing the police investigation of your case and exploiting any inconsistencies or misconduct he may uncover.
- Using his extensive understanding of forensic alcohol analysis to examine and attack the validity of your breath or blood results.
- Challenging the legality of the arresting officer’s initial traffic stop of your vehicle and subsequent arrest.
- Conducting a through defense investigation into your case and examining any potential violation of your basic constitutional rights.