For juveniles and young people under the age of 21 charged with driving under the influence (DUI) in Florida, the state has enacted a zero-tolerance legal limit of 0.02% blood alcohol content (BAC). For DUI cases involving a driver who is under the age of 21 in Florida, the legal limit means that even one drink can put the driver well over the legal limit.
A young person charged with DUI in Miami will need effective legal representation from a Miami DUI attorney. Because Florida DUI laws are so strict, minors who have been arrested for DUI will face serious consequences. Just because they are of younger age does not mean that prosecutors will take the alleged crime any less seriously or apply less severe punishment they would in an adult DUI case. In fact, juveniles (under 18) are prosecuted in adult court under current Florida law.
Minors who have been accused of DUI will face severe penalties such as incarceration, probation, fines, increased insurance costs, community service, court fees, and driver's license suspension. The indirect consequences of an underage DUI in Miami tend to be even costlier; an arrest can result in serious problems with future employment as well as social or educational opportunities.
For first-time offenders, penalties can include:
To ensure that your child is not subject to additional charges, such as minor in possession of a controlled substance, alcohol distribution, or soliciting alcohol, seek the counsel of a qualified underage DUI lawyer in Miami. Your child's future could hinge on your choice of legal representation, so be sure to enlist the service of a lawyer who you can trust to defend your greatest and most prized treasure: your child.
Young people accused of a DUI offense will have trouble applying for educational scholarships or learning programs. Their college applications may be denied. Convicted minors may have trouble applying for a new job or keeping an existing job, which will challenge their ability to climb the professional career ladder in the future. Additionally, high school and college students may also face disciplinary actions, including expulsion or suspension from school.
At Jonathan Blecher, P.A., I know that mistakes happen. Children have futures that must be protected and I can be trusted to defend the rights of young people who have been arrested for underage DUI. If you are ready to discuss your legal options for you and your child, do not hesitate to contact Jonathan Blecher, P.A. I have more than 30 years of legal experience and have an Avvo 10.0 Superb Rating. Call now to schedule a free case evaluation.