Underage DUI in Phoenix, AZ

If you are charged with DUI, you are facing serious consequences, including fines, loss of license, alcohol/drug assessment and education programs, possible jail time, and probation, among other penalties. When you are charged with driving under the influence and you are a minor, the consequences can be staggering.

Remember that a DUI conviction can have an impact on your entire life, including job and educational opportunities. This is no time to try to handle things on your own. You need help, and you need it now. At The Law Office of Bret A. Royle, you are in good hands. Mr. Royle is an experienced criminal defense lawyer who defends clients charged with DUI on a regular basis.

What is Underage DUI?

An underage drinking and driving charge can arise in two ways:

  • Under A.R.S. 4-244(34), it is illegal for anyone who is under 21 years of age to drive or to be in physical control of a motor vehicle while there is liquor in his or her body. This means that even if you have only had a beer or two, and you are not intoxicated at all, you can be charged under the statute. This could result in a suspension of your driver’s license for two years.
  • If you are charged with DUI and you are a minor (that is, under the age of 21), you likewise face a suspension of your driver’s license. However, you also face fines, community service, drug and/or alcohol counseling, and even jail time, among other penalties.

If you are facing an underage drinking (or drugging) and driving charge, don’t expect the system to treat you more leniently because of your age. In fact, some judges may be inclined to treat minors more harshly, in order to attempt to send you a message about driving under the influence.

What Can be Done for a Minor Facing a DUI Charge?

If you or your minor son or daughter has been charged with DUI, we understand the pressure you are feeling, and the fear of the consequences of a conviction. The good news is that just because you have been charged, that does not mean a conviction is inevitable.

Remember that the prosecutor has the burden of proving every element of the case against you beyond a reasonable doubt. When you retain Mr. Royle to defend your DUI case, he begins by speaking to you, confidentially, so that you can explain your version of what happened. He will then proceed to examine the prosecutor’s case, including all the evidence the state will seek to use at trial. Mr. Royle will interview witnesses, and in appropriate cases will suggest that an expert be retained to assist in your defense and to testify on your behalf. During this process, he will develop and explain to you, in language you can understand, a realistic defense strategy based upon all the facts in the case. Where applicable, he may file motions, including motions to bar the use of certain evidence. The goal at all times is to obtain a dismissal of the charge, a reduction in the charge, or, if necessary, to gather whatever ammunition may be available to ready your case for trial.

When you retain the Law Firm of Bret A. Royle, you get the benefit of an experienced Phoenix DUI attorney who will fight for your rights from beginning to end. If you or your child is facing an underage DUI charge, call us today for a free, confidential consultation.

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