Minor/Underage DWI Attorney Dallas, TX

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Minor/Underage DWI Attorney Dallas, TX

Fight Your Underage/Minor DWI Charges!

If you or your child has been arrested for underage driving while intoxicated? Call The Aulbaugh Law Firm as soon as possible!  It is critical to get an experienced, effective, and aggressive criminal defense attorney on your side.  As a former Chief Felony Prosecutor and a Board Certified Criminal Specialist, James Aulbaugh has the knowledge, skills, and experience to fight minor/underage DWI charges.

Having been a long serving Chief Felony Prosecutor, James knows exactly how the State prepares for cases. With his unique insight, he can develop a defense strategy for your unique situation and with a focus on defeating the prosecution’s case.

As a former Chief Felony Prosecutor and Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist, James Aulbaugh is ready to assist you with your case.  Call Today: 214-500-0430.

Zero Tolerance Policy

Texas has a zero tolerance law for underage drinking and driving. This means if a minor (person under 21) is caught driving with any detectable amount of alcohol in their system, they could be arrested and charged with a crime. Penalties they may face could include jail time, fines, and/or a driver’s license suspension.

Can a Minor be Charged with DWI in Texas?

In Texas, an underage DWI is referred to as driving under the influence of alcohol by a minor (DUI). The offense occurs when a person younger than 21 years of age operates a motor vehicle on public roads with any amount of alcohol in their system.

A DUI commonly begins with a traffic stop. If an officer has reasonable suspicion to believe the minor has committed a traffic infraction, they can pull them over.

Reasonable suspicion is commonly established when the officer observes strange, erratic, or otherwise suspicious driving behavior, such as:

  • Weaving between lanes
  • Driving too fast or slow
  • Failing to obey traffic laws

Implied Consent Law

Under Texas’s implied consent laws, a minor has automatically given permission to provide a breath or blood sample if they’ve been arrested for DUI. If the analysis reveals that the minor had any detectable amount of alcohol in their system, he or she may be subject to an administrative driver’s license suspension for 60 days. If the minor refused to submit to a breath or blood test, the suspension period increases to 180 days for the first offense. Penalties increase for each subsequent offense, with a maximum length of suspension at 2 years.

Can a Minor Go to Jail DWI?

Penalties for DUI depend on the facts of the case and the age of the minor.  It is possible for a minor to be sentenced to jail (or even prison) for a conviction.

Drivers under 17, penalties include:

  • First offense (Class C Misdemeanor)
    • Up to a $500 fine
    • Up to 40 hours of community service
    • Driver’s license suspension for up to 180 days
    • Mandatory enrollment in an alcohol awareness course

  • Second offense (Class C Misdemeanor):
    • Up to a $500 fine
    • Up to 60 hours of community service
    • Driver’s license suspension for up to 2 years
    • Mandatory attendance in an alcohol awareness course

  • Third offense (Delinquent conduct by a minor):
    • Up to a $500 fine
    • Up to 60 hours of community service
    • Driver’s license suspension for up to 2 years

Drivers between 17 and 20 years of age, penalties include:

  • First offense (Class B misdemeanor):
    • $0 – $2,000 fine
    • Up to 180 days in jail
    • Driver’s license suspension for up to 1 year

  • Second offense (Class A misdemeanor):
    • Up to a $4,000 fine
    • Up to 1 year in jail
    • Driver’s license suspension for up to 18 months

  • Third or subsequent offense (third-degree felony):
    • $0 – $10,000 fine
    • 2 – 10 years in prison
    • Driver’s license suspension for up to 2 years

Providing Experienced, Certified Legal Representation for DUI

If you or your child has been arrested for DUI, James Aulbaugh, your Dallas underage DWI lawyer is ready to fight for you.

James Aulbaugh

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