Memphis DUI Attorney Providing Aggressive Defense
The Claiborne Ferguson Law Firm, P.A. provides high-quality defense for individuals between the ages of 16 and 21 who are accused of "underage driving while impaired." This offense is commonly referred to as "underage DUI." Those who are under the legal drinking age have much stricter rules under the law, as they can be arrest for underage DUI for having blood alcohol concentrations (BAC) of 0.02% or higher. It is much less likely that a person will actually be impaired by alcohol at a BAC level this low. In contrast, those who are age 21 and over have a legal BAC limit of 0.08% or higher.
Having an underage DUI offense on your record can be very damaging to your driving record, and it could also leave you with a criminal record. Furthermore, you could end up suffering from penalties that negatively affect your life, such as the loss or delay of your driving privileges. If you are facing these types of charges, it is important that you take immediate action for your defense. We advise you to speak with one of our competent Memphis DUI lawyers at The Chaiborne Ferguson Law Firm, P.A. We can serve as tough legal protectors on your behalf!
Tennessee Penalties for Underage DUI Offenders
Underage DUI is considered to be less serious than regular DUI offenses. The offense is a delinquent act for those who are age 16 or 17, and it is a Class A misdemeanor for those who are between the ages of 18 and 21, according to Tenn. Code Ann. §55-10-415. The penalties for underage DUI include the following:
- 1-year driver's license suspension
- $250 fine
- Possible requirement to complete public service
There are various defenses that can be used in cases that involve underage DUI charges. For example, breath test devices are not fully accurate and can often result in false readings. If your defense team can show that there were flaws with your breath test, you might be able to contest the allegation that you had a BAC of 0.02% or higher. Other defense options include contesting your field sobriety test results or showing that law enforcement made inexcusable errors in the arrest process, such as carrying out an unlawful DUI stop.
Consulting with a Skilled Legal Professional
You should not try to handle your DUI charges alone. By working with a qualified Memphis DUI attorney who has training in criminal law, you can greatly increase your chances of avoiding a conviction.
Contact The Claiborne Ferguson Law Firm, P.A. today so we can help you build a strong defense plan! You can get started by receiving important feedback about your case through one of our free