I defend all areas of criminal charges, including underage DUI. As a DUI attorney in Newport News & Virginia Beach, VA, I can help you. Getting caught drinking and driving is difficult at any age, but especially disastrous for those who are under 21. Contact me to discuss the details of your case; I want to help you get your life back.
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I am an underage DUI attorney who can investigate the details of your case to determine the best route for you to take. Sometimes the case against one can be very weak, and we have a number of options in moving forward. If you really were caught drinking and driving, and the police followed the procedures to at, then we can discuss plea bargains or other alternatives.
It's easy to see the importance of strict laws regarding underage drinking. However, I am also aware that one single night of drinking or having an unlucky encounter with the police can have bad effects on a person's future. If you, or your child, is under 21 and have been charged with an underage DUI, I am a DUI attorney in Newport News & Virginia Beach, VA that is prepared to defend your case.
When driving in the state of Virginia, the legal blood alcohol content level (BAC) is normally anything below .08. If you are pulled over because an officer suspects that you are drunk, and your blood alcohol content measures at .08 or above, then you are going to be arrested and charged with a DUI.
If you are a driver that is under the age of 21, then your blood alcohol content cannot measure any alcohol in your system at all. If any alcohol is measured, you will be charged with an underage DUI. This is because the state of Virginia has a zero-tolerance law, which prohibits anyone who is under the age of 21 from driving if they have had any kind of alcohol.
If a driver is under the age of 21, then even a blood alcohol content level of .01 is against the law in this state. An underage DUI in the state of Virginia can result in penalties including:
Having to pay steep court costs and fines
Having your driver's license suspended
Receiving a probationary sentence
Being sentenced to many hours of community service
Needing to take an alcohol safety program
You need a skilled and seasoned underage DUI attorney in Newport News & Virginia Beach, VA on your side. Over the years, as both a public defender, and in my time in private practice, I have learned how prosecutors will respond to charges of an underage DUI. How we will build your defense strategy depends on the details of your case.
I will thoroughly review all of the underage DUI charges that have been filed against you. I will then explore all possible defenses. The many defenses we will consider may include an attempt to challenge the results of the blood alcohol test. It may include an attempt to challenge the police officer's actions during the arrest, or even after the arrest. I will obtain the video surveillance if possible, and use that to combat the prosecution's case. Please do not resign yourself to a fate that will be laid out by the prosecution. I can help you fight these charges with a passionate and aggressive defense.
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Call the Law Office of Patrick L. Bales if you've been charged with underage DUI in Virginia Beach, Newport News, Chesapeake or any nearby area.