A drinking and driving conviction in the state of Arizona carries heavy penalties. Thousands of dollars in fines, lengthy probation periods, license revocation, and even jail time can threaten your financial security and place heavy emotional burdens on families. Overall, DUI conviction can have a devastating effect on an individual’s future, and this reality is felt to even greater degree when the convicted party is under the legal drinking age.
If you or your child has been charged with underage drinking and driving in Scottsdale or a surrounding community, we can help. Our firm understands that protecting your children’s future is of the utmost importance. We will use our knowledge and experience to challenge the validity of evidence leading to the charge. If the charge leads to a conviction, we will work tirelessly to minimize your penalties.
Mark Weingart is experienced in protecting the rights of minors charged with alcohol-related offenses, and our firm has represented clients in thousands of DUI cases over the course of more than 25 years. Schedule a free consultation today to learn more about how our vast expertise in DUI law can be used to protect you and your loved ones’ rights.
Underage drinking and driving charges — also known as “baby DUI” — differ greatly from other Arizona DUI laws. The law allows zero tolerance, meaning drivers under 21 with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .01% or over will be charged with DUI. The charge will be brought even if physical signs of impairment are not detected during a field sobriety test.
Charges brought against a driver under the age of 18 may be tried in juvenile court, and may result in mandatory detention in the Juvenile Detention Facility. For drivers between the ages of 18-21 with a BAC of at least .08%, the penalties may be even greater than if the defendant were over the age of 21.
A DUI conviction may result in hefty fines and a driver’s license suspension of up to two years. In some cases, a permit may be granted allowing the defendant to travel to and from school or work, and includes the installation of an ignition interlock device. Because the Department of Motor Vehicles does not view DUI charges brought against juveniles and adults differently, points will be added to a young driver’s record, and their driver’s license will be suspended.
At The Weingart Firm, our unparalleled experience in DUI defense makes it possible to reduce the impact of a DUI charge on a young person’s future. We can challenge the grounds for arrest, and highlight any weaknesses in police reports, lab reports, or sobriety tests. Reach out to the The Weingart Firm today to schedule a consultation with a member of our renowned legal team, and to learn more about how we can help protect your rights.