San Antonio DUI Lawyer (For Minors)

If you have been arrested for DUI and you are under the age of 21, you’ll need an aggressive San Antonio DUI lawyer like Gary Trichter to mount your defense. Texas is a zero-tolerance state which means minors can never legally have ANY alcohol in their body and drive a motor vehicle or watercraft. To convict a minor of DUI, prosecutors do not need proof that the driver or operator was impaired in oder to get a conviction. They only need to show that the minor had a detectable amount of alcohol in his or her body.

A San Antonio DUI Lawyer Who Knows How to Mount an Aggressive Defense

Until 1983, DUI meant driving under the influence of drugs or narcotics, but now it applies only to minors, that is, anyone under the age of 21. A DUI conviction holds an escalating number of penalties depending upon whether it is the minor’s first, second or third offense. With every subsequent offense, the punishment becomes stiffer which makes defending the first offense much more critical to avoid stiffer punishment should the minor be arrested again for DUI.

DUI First Offense

A DUI first offense is a C misdemeanor holding 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 they do 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 and 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 DUI 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 and the minor would not be eligible for an occupational license for the first 90 days

DUI Third Offense

With a DUI third offense, the punishment escalates:

  • 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 could face jail confinement up to 180 days

Police will likely issue a citation giving the minor arrested notice of his or her offense as well as when and where they must appear in court. Police are not required to take a minor arrested for DUI  into custody.

If you or a family member need a San Antonio DUI attorney, call Gary Trichter for a free consultation. As a DWI Specialist, Gary has worked with thousands of families in similar situations and understands the impact a DUI can have on a budding future.

Call us 24/7 to speak to an attorney about your case and schedule a free consultation.

Let us answer your Texas DWI Questions

Texas DWI Questions

  • What is DWI and its potential punishment?
  • What is DUI and its potential punishment?
  • What are the penalties for DWI in Texas?
  • What is DWI 2nd and the potential punishment?
  • What is an administrative license revocation (ALR), and why is it important to have an ALR hearing?
  • What is a felony DWI?
  • What is a DWI 3rd or more and the potential punishment?
  • How long will a DWI arrest or a DWI conviction in Texas stay on my record? How will it affect my automobile insurance rates?

Answer

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Before 1983, DUI meant driving under the influence of drugs or narcotics, but now it only pertains to minors. In Texas, it is never permissible for minors to have any alcohol in their body and drive. DUI punishment as a...

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The penalties for DWI in Texas DWI are: A First-Offense conviction will less than a .15 BAC includes the possibility of a fine not to exceed $2,000.00 and/or a jail sentence from 3 days to 180 days, and a driver’s...

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DWI 2nd is a serious charge. According to the State of Texas, a DWI 2nd charge is when you are arrested for DWI and have previously been convicted once of driving while intoxicated. There is no limit to how old...

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Felony DWI in Texas charges are very serious and can have a major impact on your life beyond just the punishment stated. A felony conviction can disqualify you from voting, obtaining certain jobs, renting certain apartments, and owning a firearm. There are...

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