Houston DUI Lawyer (For Minors)
In Texas, DUI used to mean driving under the influence of drugs or narcotics. But, since 1983, DUI applies only to minors or anyone under the age of 21. You’ll need an aggressive Houston DUI Lawyer to mount an effective, aggressive defense because Texas is a zero-tolerance state. That means minors are never legally permitted to have any alcohol in their body and drive a motor vehicle or watercraft. And prosecutors need no proof of impairment in order to convict–they simply need to show that there was a detectable amount of alcohol in the minor’s body.
A Houston DUI Lawyer Who Will Fight for Your Family
If a minor is convicted of DUI, he faces an number of escalating penalties depending upon whether it’s a first, second or third offense. And the punishment become stiffer with every defense, making it more critical to mount the most aggressive defense for the first offense DUI.
DUI First Offense
The minor faces a class C misdemeanor which may result in the following punishments:
- A fine up to $500
- 20 to 40 hours of community service
- He or she must attend an alcohol awareness program, a drug education program or a drug and alcohol driving awareness program. If he does not complete the program, the court will order the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) to suspend or deny the issuance of the minor’s driver’s license for up to 6 months.
- 60 days driver’s license suspension. The minor would not be eligible for an occupational license for the first 30 days
- There is no incarceration for this type of misdemeanor if he or she is convicted.
DUI Second Offense
With a second offense, the consequences increases to:
- Class C misdemeanor, punishable by a fine up to $500
- Attend an alcohol awareness class (at the judge’s discretion)
- 40 to 60 hours of mandatory community service
- 120 days driver’s license suspension. The minor would not be eligible for an occupational license for the first 90 days.
DUI Third Offense
The consequences become more severe with a third offense:
- The minor is not eligible for deferred adjudication.
- Suspended driver’s license for 180 days with no opportunity to obtain an occupational license during the entire suspension period.
- For minors age 17 years or older, the fine increases to $500 to $2,000 and/or he could face up jail confinement up to 180 days.
Police are not required to take a minor into custody for DUI. Instead they will likely issue a citation giving him notice of the offense and time, date and place where he must appear in court.
If you want a Houston DUI lawyer who understands the impact of DUI on families like yours, call us. We will work to preserve your family’s future with aggressive legal representation.
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Past Results from actual DWI clients
President of brokerage firm was arrested driving home after a meeting with colleagues. Registered a .19 blood test. - DWI Case Dismissed.
Business owner was arrested for DWI while driving home after company birthday party. - DWI Case Dismissed.
College student was arrested for DWI on beach over spring break. Failed blood test. - DWI Case Dismissed.
Retired dentist was arrested for DWI after meeting up with friends at local bar. Failed breath test. - DWI Case Dismissed.