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Defending Underage DWI Charges

Raleigh DWI Lawyers at Hopper, Hopper & Mulligan, PLLC

Young people are heavily punished if they are found to have any alcohol in their blood, whether driving unsafely or not. The state has a "zero tolerance" policy and any amount of alcohol--above 0.00--will lead to criminal charges.

This situation can be extremely serious with regard to consequences. A first conviction will lead to a one year driver's license revocation. Once the time period of revocation has expired and all imposed requirements are met, you will have other restrictions that will be required to adhere to.

You will not be allowed to have any alcohol in your blood, and you may be required to have an ignition interlock device (IID) installed in your vehicle, at your own cost. You will face higher insurance rates and other hidden costs as well, including damaging your future career opportunities. Contact our firm to fight back against your charges!

Different Levels of Underage DWI Offenses

There are different levels of underage DWI charges, some of which could allow for community service as a penalty as opposed to jail time. Any underage DWI charge should be carefully managed by a Raleigh criminal defense lawyer who is experienced and well-versed in DWI defense strategy.

At Hopper, Hopper & Mulligan, PLLC, our attorneys have three decades of combined experience, including representing young people who have run into trouble with the law. We are dedicated to serving our clients on a personal basis, and are prepared to do the hard work to seek out a strategy for the defense.

Our defense actions will include a full evaluation of every detail of the case, including:

  • Police Reports
  • Witness Statements
  • Arrest Procedures
  • Testing Procedures
  • Lab Processes
  • Testing Device Used in the Case

There are a great number of potential options for successfully defending a charge of DWI filed against a person who is under the age of 21. We advise you to contact our firm immediately if you are in trouble with the law on any offense related to alcohol. The consequences of a conviction can have severe consequences with regard to your ability to get employed, attend college, or even attend some types of educational facilities.

Challenging the Charges Against You

It is important to note that breath testing can be incorrectly administered, leading to a false reading. Roadside testing units are known for having serious flaws, including the potential for false readings through radio interference or air temperature. The breath testing units used at the station are also subject to error--as is any testing device.

Get help from a criminal defense firm that takes these issues seriously and is ready to help you fight back, and to seek any possible advantage in the case.

Our Job Is to Defend You, and We Are on Your Side

As with any criminal offense, the burden of proof lies with the prosecutor. There are certain facts that must be established and proven beyond a reasonable doubt, including proving that the accused was under the age of 21 at the time of the arrest. The breath test evidence is the most important part of the case against you. If you registered as having consumed alcohol in a breath or blood test, the ability to challenge breath testing administration could be a critical point in a defense case.

You deserve to find out what could be done in your case. You can be confident that our Raleigh criminal defense lawyer will be focused on finding the best strategy, and has the insight and skills to do so.

Call us today if you are seeking high quality defense counsel for your child.

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