Defending Minors Charged With DUI
Young adult drivers may think that one drink of alcohol has a minimal effect on their ability to drive. However, if your child is under the legal drinking age, it only takes a trace amount of alcohol to get charged with a DUI.
Michigan’s zero-tolerance laws carry long-lasting consequences for underage drivers. Our lawyers at the Law Offices of Harris & Literski make it their mission to lessen the severity of these penalties. We use decades of criminal defense experience to advocate for minors in Brighton and the surrounding area.
If your child has been charged with underage DUI, contact our attorneys to begin searching for solutions.
What You Need To Know About Penalties
While first-time offenders charged with an underage DUI may not receive jail time, the penalties are significant. They may include hundreds of hours of community service, fines and a restricted license. But the impact of this drunk driving matter doesn’t end with a judge’s ruling. It is expensive to insure minors with DUI convictions even years after they serve complete the terms of their sentence.
Minors charged with a second DUI offense within seven years of the first charge may face jail time, months of community service, heavy fines and no driving privileges. These underage offenses may not disappear after your child turns 21. Judges take criminal history into account when they determine penalties for future drunk driving violations. It only takes one lapse in judgment to affect your son’s or daughter’s life for years.
How We Can Help
As your child’s advocate, we will do everything in our power to avoid this outcome. We routinely work with prosecutors to identify positive solutions that prioritize rehabilitation over punishment. If your child is eligible to participate in a diversionary or substance abuse program, we will pursue this option.
Talk To A Knowledgeable Attorney
We invite you to arrange your confidential consultation with one of our proven attorneys. You can reach us online or over the phone.