Are You Facing an Underage DWI/DUI?
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Texas follows "zero tolerance" laws for underage drinking. Drivers under 21 years of age with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .02% or higher can be convicted of an underage DWI and face multiple penalties. If you are facing charges related to underage drinking, it is crucial to have a knowledgeable Dallas attorney advocating for you as you navigate the legal system.
At Knight Law Office, we can help you understand the details of your case and reach the best resolution possible. As our lead attorney formerly served as an Assistant District Attorney for the Dallas County District Attorney's Office, you will have an uncommon level of skill and knowledge on your side.
Underage DWI/DUI Laws and Penalties
Texas' "zero tolerance" laws are meant to fight the dangers of underage drinking and driving. While drivers under 21 do not have to be intoxicated to receive an underage DWI, many of them are. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that the rate of drinking and driving for these young individuals is more than double that of drivers over the age of 21.
Studies have also shown that underage drinking even in small amounts can lead to a higher risk of deadly crashes. With such harrowing statistics, Texas is especially tough when it comes to underage DWIs. The low BAC limit of .02% means that even a simple glass of wine can put under-21 drivers at risk of violating state laws.
Underage DWI penalties include license suspension, alcohol education, fines, and other punishments. While some young drivers may have high BAC readings, others may be right on the edge of that .02% limit. In some cases, breathalyzers can be administered improperly or can even malfunction, leading to higher readings. Whatever the case, underage drivers facing DWI charges should remember they are innocent until proven guilty.
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