Virginia Underage DUI Attorney
About Underage DUI Cases in Fairfax, Fauquier & Prince William County
In Virginia it is against the law for anyone under the age of 21 to drive with a BAC (blood alcohol concentration) of .02 or higher. This is a class 1 misdemeanor, which means it is the most serious type of misdemeanor. If you were stopped by an officer while driving alone or with friends and subjected to a field sobriety test and then arrested for
DUI, it is vital that you obtain the assistance of a
Virginia DUI Attorney from the Law Offices of Michael A. Pignone as soon as possible. We are serious about defending young people who are facing the consequences of a DUI charge. We know how to defend charges, and the firm knows how to help you. The attorney is zealous in fighting for any advantage for underage clients, and is prepared to evaluate your situation and advise you of the various options that could help you.
Charged with DUI and Under 21?
The officer conducts a field sobriety to gather evidence that the driver was impaired. This simply means that the driver's physical ability to control the vehicle and his or her judgment was affected by drugs or alcohol or a combination of the two. The driver will also be required to take a blood test or a breath test to determine his or her
BAC level. If the BAC level is found to be over .08 the penalties will be the same as those for an adult. If the BAC is over .02 but is below .08 the penalties involved can include:
- Mandatory attendance at a Virginia Alcohol Safety Action program
- Fine of up to $500
- Up to 50 hours of community service
- License suspension
An officer must have a valid reason for making a traffic stop and cannot stop a driver for any reason. You cannot be stopped merely because it is late at night or to find out where the driver is going. The field sobriety test even when conducted precisely is extremely subjective and these tests have a huge margin of error. The breath test device can be out of calibration and can give an inaccurate reading. The results of a blood test can be inaccurate administered incorrectly, giving a false reading. A resourceful underage Virginia DUI lawyer will conduct an intensive examination of every aspect of the traffic stop, the testing and much more to find grounds for a dismissal of the charges or to have the charges reduced.
It is very important to avoid conviction on a DUI charge which will remain on your record and continue to impact your car insurance and employment opportunities for many years to come. A DUI lawyer at the firm understands the stress and concern that is a result of facing criminal charges, and you can be confident that will fight aggressively in your defense. Call Attorney Michael Pignone to discuss your defense with a highly qualified, experienced DUI lawyer with a long track record of success.
If you are underage and were arrested and charged with DUI, get help from the firm at once. We will fight for you.