Effective Defense Options when Facing an Underage DUI
Being charged with a DUI is serious enough, but when you are below the legal drinking age of 21, it brings a lot of new issues to the table. Whether it is you that has been charged, or your child, it is important to do all you can to come up with an effective defense. Without the right strategy, this one mistake can follow you around for many years to come, and cause you to miss out on many opportunities in life.
After being arrested for an underage DUI, the police and prosecuting attorneys will often try to talk you into pleading guilty, possibly in exchange for being given a lesser charge. In other cases, they will simply pressure you to plead guilty to get the situation taken care of. To put it mildly, this is a huge mistake. After you or a loved one has been arrested, you should say absolutely nothing to the officers or prosecutors. Simply demand to speak to an attorney, and then give us a call. [Link to CONTACT US page] We offer free consultations to all new clients, and will be glad to work with you to craft an effective defense strategy based on the details of your case.
Choosing a Defense Based on Years of Experience
Here at Beaufort DUI, our attorneys have decades of combined experience. During that time, we have helped many people facing underage DUI charges, and we’ll always put all our effort into finding the right solution for your case. Based on the information we learn from talking to you and looking at the evidence, we’ll come up with a good defense. The following are some of the many options we will have available to fight on your behalf:
- Field Test Consent – Even if you are over the age of 18, there is sufficient precedent to show that young adults can’t give true consent in high stress situations like this.
- Defense Based on Age – Showing a judge that you understand that what you did was a mistake, but that a guilty verdict won’t help you, or society, can sometimes be an effective defense.
- Questioning Breathalyzer Accuracy – Breathalyzers need to be properly maintained, and the officer needs to be trained on how to use them. We can call into question whether everything was done correctly during the arrest.
- Rights Violations – Were you read your rights? Did the officer have probable cause to pull you over? If any of your rights were violated, we’ll use that in your defense.
- More – There are many ways we can help to defend you from these charges. Our team will do everything possible to get you the results you need.
Don’t Fight These Charges Alone
Being charged with a DUI when you are underage can be a terrifying experience. Please remember that you absolutely don’t have to face this alone. Beaufort DUI is here to help you throughout this experience, so please contact us today. Remember, many steps in the defense process are time sensitive, so don’t delay in getting in touch with us.