Underage DUI in Kent
A minor DUI, also referred to as a Minor Operating a Vehicle Over .02, is different from a regular DUI. If a minor is guilty of a DUI, they will be charged with that crime, but if their BAC is over .02, they can be charged with a minor DUI. The most damaging aspect of a minor DUI is acquiring a criminal record at an early age, which can damage the perception of their character and haunt them in ways that are not initially evident.
If your child has been charged with a Kent minor DUI, you should do everything you can to avoid a conviction. The Kent minor DUI attorneys at the Law Office of Jason S. Newcombe can help, so contact our law office at your earliest convenience.
If a Kent motorist under 21 is caught driving with a blood alcohol content of .02 or higher, they can be charged with a minor DUI. If convicted of this misdemeanor crime they will face mandatory penalties that includes a driver's license suspension. They could also be required to spend up to 90 days in jail and pay fines totaling $1,000. Other discretionary penalties may be tacked on by a judge.
Our Kent minor DUI lawyers are sometimes contacted by young people that pled guilty to minor DUI, who eventually come to regret that choice. They ask if there is any way our lawyers can redress the situation and purge the event from their record, but once a minor DUI conviction is handed down, there isn't anything that can be done to reverse the lasting damage.
The reason they ask is because employers, creditors, and renters routinely check the criminal histories of applicants. A criminal record makes it difficult for young people with minor DUI convictions to get fair treatment. If a landlord or employer has a choice between an applicant with a clean criminal record and another with minor DUI conviction, who do you think they will ultimately choose?
One moment of poor judgment can derail a young person's life, which hardly seems fair. Our Kent minor DUI attorneys aggressively defend young clients facing these charges, because we believe that one youthful error in judgment shouldn't haunt someone for the rest of their life.Protect Your Future With Assistance From Our Kent Minor DUI Lawyers
If you or your child has been charged with a minor DUI, contact our Kent law office today. You only have 20 days from the time of a minor DUI arrest to request an administrative hearing with the Department of Licensing. Our Kent minor DUI attorneys need time to investigate your case and prepare your defense.
Contact our law office for a free consultation, and let one of our Kent minor DUI lawyers use their experience to aggressively defend your legal rights. If your child has been charged with a regular DUI, their defense becomes even more challenging, so you have no time to lose.