The moment a 16 year old gets his license, his sense of independence increases dramatically. Some young adults under the age of 21 test their enhanced independence by drinking and driving. Since it’s illegal for an underage driver to have any amount of alcohol in his system, even a blood alcohol concentration of .01% is enough to land a DUI conviction. If you’ve recently been charged with an underage DUI, you’ll be glad to know that an experienced lawyer can help. Here’s how:
Scheduling a Hearing
In the state of California, you have 10 days from the date of arrest to request a hearing with the Department of Motor Vehicles. If you fail to request a hearing, your license will be automatically suspended, regardless of the court’s decision regarding your DUI. Luckily, a skilled lawyer can help you schedule a hearing and fight to keep your license.
Protecting Your Rights
During your arrest and containment, you may experience maltreatment at the hands of law enforcement personnel. A lawyer can teach you your rights and help keep you adequately protected through the whole trial process.
Fighting the Charges
The right lawyer can contest the results of a breathalyzer test, bring the arresting officer’s behavior into question, and otherwise paint a fairer, more complete picture of the incident.
Negotiating a Plea Bargain
If the evidence condemning you is irrefutable, a skilled lawyer can at least negotiate a fair plea bargain. Though a plea bargain will require you to enter a guilty plea, it will also grant you a milder sentence.
Few things are worse than having your future ruined by an underage mistake. That’s why the lawyers of Hinkle, Jachimowicz, Pointer & Emanuel Law work hard to defend young people from the often unfair aspects of the U.S. Justice System. Call us today at (408) 916-1413 if you have any questions.