Defense for DUI cases has been one of the specializations of The Law offices of Gary L. Rohlwing. We have provided exceptional representation on various cases and have worked with multiple clients. Our professionals can help you avoid the harshest punishments for DUI crimes, which Arizona Court system is well known for.
Drunk driving has been a contributing factor to the increased numbers of traffic related accidents over the years. It can result in serious physical injuries, fatalities, and damage to property. In all states, it is unlawful for anyone of legal age to drive any motorized vehicle with blood alcohol content (BAC) above the 0.08% standard. When violators are under the age of 21, the rules that constitute a DUI offense and its corresponding punishments are governed by state-specific laws.
The state of Arizona has minimum tolerance for underage DUI. A driver under the legal age with any detectable amount of alcohol in their blood. This is referred to as the “not a drop” law and is specific to those who are under the legal drinking age of 21. Aside from drunk driving, the underage offender may also face other related charges. Some of the additional charges include possession of falsified documents (if fake identification cards were used to purchase alcohol), child endangerment (if a minor was in the car), soliciting or distributing alcohol to minors (if a drunk minor was in the car), and other violations noted by the arresting officers. A DUI offense is enough to merit a grave penalty, which may still be reduced with the help of expert DUI defense lawyers like Gary L. Rohlwing Attorney.
The consequences for underage drunk driving include a mandatory 2 year license suspension, but the judge may allow the issuance of a special restricted license during the suspension that allows the underage person to continue driving to and from school and/or work. Other consequences are jail time or juvenile detention of up to 180 days, a $750 fine, and up to 3 years in probation for more serious offenses. Other imposed punishment may include community service, restitution for damages to people or properties, counseling, alcohol classes, and victim impact panels with organizations like MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving).
Getting convicted for underage DUI has negative impacts on young people that can last a lifetime. It may lead to denied college applications or revoked scholarships. Unless they are charged as a juvenile, the convictions leave permanent criminal records that greatly affect their employment opportunities and chances for professional careers. It can be a source of financial burden related to health, life, or vehicle insurances. Most insurance companies charge higher premiums and have stricter guidelines for high risk clients, including those with DUI convictions. It can also ruin a person’s image, impacting personal and professional relationships.
When underage offenders are charged with drunk driving, it is important that they find a legal representative who can help them achieve the best and most favorable result. A strong defense can be the difference between the lightest possible sanction and the maximum penalty. A legal representative who is knowledgeable in statutory, constitutional, and technical defenses is an essential part of a successful defense. It is a must that the lawyer is equipped with impeccable critical thinking and a keen eye for the smallest details to ensure that all pertinent information is gathered. There should also be negotiation strategies to protect the defendant’s best interest in the worst possible scenarios.
The accused needs an experienced legal representative such as Gary L. Rohlwing Attorney who can effectively defend them to show that they merit a minimized verdict. He is proficient in gathering critical information, analyzing significant details, and utilizing them to build a strong case that can result in an outcome in favor of the accused. People facing underage DUI charges can contact Law offices of Gary L. Rohlwing to be represented in court. A qualified and experienced attorney from the Law offices of Gary L. Rohlwing can help build a strong defense for DUI charges for teen DUI cases. Call the Law Offices of Gary L. Rohlwing for a free initial case consultation at (623) 937-1692.