Underage DUI in Pennsylvania

Counsel from a Proven Pittsburgh DUI Attorney

Young people facing a drunk driving charge are placed in a particularly precarious situation: not only are they caught consuming alcohol, but they are found behind the wheel after doing so. These young drivers are often preparing themselves for higher learning or entering the job market and cannot afford to have a criminal conviction on their record or suffer the determent of criminal penalties. That is why hiring a dedicated and skilled Pittsburgh DUI lawyer to represent their interests in and outside the courtroom is so critical.

At the Law Office of Melvin L. Vatz, our AV Preeminent® Rated attorney understands the concerns of these clients and their families during this uncertain time. When it comes to underage DUI cases, not only do we focus on advocacy and minimizing any unavoidable penalty, but also aggressively pursuing shortcomings in the state's case to secure a dismissal on the client's behalf.

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Understanding Underage DUI in Pennsylvania

For drivers 21 and older, the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit is 0.08%. However, for young drivers, the ceiling is much lower: drivers under 21 can be arrested for DUI when their BAC is found to be 0.02% or higher. That means that these young drivers do not even have to be impaired to be arrested for this crime.

Penalties associated with underage DUI in Pennsylvania include:

  • Fines from $300 to $5,000
  • Jail time from 48 hours to two years
  • Suspended license from three months to one year

Please note that, in most cases, maximum penalties are waived in these cases—especially when experienced defense counsel is able to advocate for their client before the court. If you are curious about you underage DUI defense options and want the insight of an experienced DUI lawyer, then call the Law Office of Melvin L. Vatz today.

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