It is a commonly known fact that most people don’t wait until they are 21 years old to consume alcohol, but it doesn’t mean that it is legal for people who aren’t yet 21 to enjoy a drink. Being caught drinking by a law enforcement officer is bad enough by itself. When you are caught driving after drinking when you haven’t yet turned 21, the issue becomes more serious.
We know that most young people who are driving after drinking probably aren’t thinking about the serious penalties that can come if they are caught. Still, that can’t be used as an excuse for drunk driving when you haven’t yet reached the legal drinking age.
When it comes to underage drunk driving cases, the laws that apply to the cases are different from those that apply to over-21 drunk driving cases. That means that a defense strategy that works in the over-21 cases wouldn’t necessarily work in an underage drunk driving case.
A defense case for an underage drinking and driving case might include questions about your constitutional rights being violated. This can involve calling the basis for the traffic stop into question. Other possible defense strategies include analyzing breath test results to determine if they are accurate and finding out if everything was handled properly.
We understand that this is a frightening situation for any young person to face. We are here to help you learn about the defense strategies that you might be able to use in your case. As we work with you, we will try to minimize the effects of the situation.