At Ariano & Associates, our skilled Phoenix DUI lawyers understand just how serious an underage DUI charge can be in Arizona. Many states, like Arizona, have tough DUI laws, and underage individuals could be facing multiple DUI charges depending on how serious the alleged conduct is. Many people are not aware of this and simply believe that there is only one DUI charge that can be imposed on a minor. With many crimes, the consequences are much less harsh for minors than for adults, however, with Arizona’s DUI laws, minors may be facing penalties that are just as harsh or even more harsh than the penalties adults face. If you are aware of the seriousness of Arizona’s underage DUI law, you can take steps necessary to avoid being charged with the crime in the first place.
Arizona Underage DUI Law
The standard blood-alcohol content (BAC) of .08 is the limit that gives rise to a DUI charge in Arizona. When it comes to underage DUIs, Arizona eliminates the BAC from the equation and only focuses on whether or not an underage driver had even the slightest amount of alcohol or drugs in his or her system. This means that an underage driver does not need to be impaired in any way at all. The standard used for determining whether or not a minor should be charged with underage DUI reflects Arizona’s zero tolerance policy. It does not matter if the underage driver was not impaired at the time he or she is pulled over.
Because Arizona’s underage DUI law is so strict, you should consider speaking with the Phoenix Underage DUI Defense Attorneys of Ariano & Associates right away so that you can seek resolution of your criminal charge. Many individuals are able to avoid jail time, but each case is different and if a particular case is serious enough, jail time may be inevitable. However, our attorneys work diligently and use all resources available to protect your constitutional rights and fight to reach a result that keeps you out of jail.
It is also important to be aware that if an underage driver’s BAC is .08 or greater, he or she may be facing both an underage DUI charge and a DUI charge, or an aggravated DUI charge depending on what the BAC is. Given that the penalties for underage DUI can be extreme, anything you or your loved ones can do to avoid the charge in the first place will prevent an enormous amount of stress and helplessness in future years, as the underage DUI conviction will remain on your record unless you seek to have the conviction expunged. A qualified Phoenix DUI Defense Lawyer will take all steps possible to prevent an underage DUI conviction from remaining on your record.
Contact the Phoenix Underage DUI Defense Attorneys of Ariano & Associates Today
Being charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs as a minor can be detrimental to your ability to attend college or get a job. Because Arizona law is particularly strict when it comes to underage DUI charges, it is essential that you speak with a Phoenix Underage DUI Defense Attorney who has handled numerous underage DUI cases before. With the assistance of our attorneys, you will have a better chance of reaching a favorable result that won’t harm your criminal record. The Phoenix DUI Defense Attorneys of Ariano & Associates, PLLC devote a significant portion of their law practice to helping clients charged with underage DUI as well as related DUI charges. Our attorneys have a reputation for success, as Ariano & Associates, PLLC has received an “A” rating from the Better Business Bureau, and has received a number of positive online reviews. Our attorneys are available 24/7 to help you fight your underage DUI charge. To speak with one of our Phoenix DUI Defense Lawyerss, contact Ariano & Associates, PLLC today to schedule your initial consultation by calling (623) 777-2058.