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In Texas, it is illegal for a person under the age of 21 to operate a motor vehicle with any alcohol in his or her system. A misdemeanor offense, underage DWI can have serious consequences for a young adult. In addition to facing time in county jail and fines, a conviction can impact one’s education and employment opportunities. Taking this into consideration, it is easy to see why involving a DUI lawyer may be essential to facing a brighter future.
By representing your interests and protecting your rights in criminal court and at your hearing with the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), a skilled DWI attorney can seek a positive result on your behalf. This may include reduced charges, an acquittal, or a dismissal of your case altogether. At McCarty-Larson, PLLC, we are prepared to provide the personal attention and hard-hitting defense counsel you deserve in the face of underage DWI charges.
Interested in learning more? Call our team at (972) 895-7636.
Texas is a “zero tolerance” state, meaning that a person under the age of 21 is not allowed to have any alcohol in his or her system, whether or not he or she is operating a vehicle. If you test positive for alcohol while operating a vehicle as a minor, you may find yourself charged with underage DWI.
According to the Texas Department of Transportation (DOT), the following penalties may apply for a first offense of underage DWI, with any detectable amount of alcohol in one’s system:
If a driver is under the age of 21 and has a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or greater, he or she may face the following penalties:
If you or your child has been charged with underage DWI, contact one of our experienced Ellis County DWI attorneys as soon as possible You have 15 days from the time of arrest to request a DMV hearing; if you miss this deadline, you lose the right to challenge the suspension of your license. McCarty-Larson, PLLC can get involved immediately to protect your driver’s license and your freedom in criminal proceedings.