An underage DUI offense is extremely serious for a young person. If over 18, the penalties are the same as for adult offenders. If under 18, the driver's license can be suspended until age 18 is reached. The driver may be eligible for a modified license, but additional penalties can be levied. To face the court system at such a young age is traumatic and can have unintended consequences.
Any parent is going to be concerned about this situation and wonder how to avoid such incidents in the future and how to protect the child from harm while providing a lesson in the responsibilities that accompany the driving privilege. Obtain help from our dedicated and experienced underage DUI/OVI attorney in Dayton to ensure that your rights are protected. To answer your questions and work with you to defend your child's rights, Gounaris Abboud, LPA can provide a high-quality defense strategy and work with you to fight for favorable results.
Even for a first offense, underage drinking and driving penalties can be as much as:
You may have already been offered a plea but keep in mind that most offers that are accepted without legal representation result in a criminal conviction. Most parents do not want to burden their child with a criminal record at the beginning of his or her adult life.
Alternative sentencing that focuses on rehabilitation rather than punishment may be a better option in your situation. We will work to protect your child by reducing the penalties the court can impose and gaining some time for your child to grow up and come to terms with adult responsibilities.
Keep in mind that an underage DUI charge involves not only the courts, but also the BMV. We can competently navigate the trickier aspects of BMV hearings, license suspension and reinstatement, deciding upon court imposed treatment options and monitoring pleas and sentencing procedures. An experienced attorney will work with you and your child and represent your interests in both arenas. Need a lawyer for your underage DUI or OVI case in Dayton?
Contact Gounaris Abboud, LPA for help!