Houston Underage DUI Defense Lawyers
Defending Minors in Harris, Fort Bend, Brazoria & Montgomery Counties
Under Texas law, those under the age of 21 are subject to a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to drinking and driving. A minor who violates this policy can be charged with a DUI (as opposed to a DWI for adults) and face both criminal, administrative, and other penalties.
If your son or daughter has been arrested for drinking and driving in the Greater Houston Area, you can turn to the accomplished and seasoned legal team at Johnson, Johnson & Baer, P.C. Our firm is dedicated to handling Texas DUI and DWI cases and we take pride in the high quality of legal representation we offer to individuals throughout our community.
Texas Underage DUI Charges & Potential Consequences
Drivers under the age of 21 with any detectable amount of alcohol in their systems can be arrested and charged for DUI. That means that you can be arrested even if you are not intoxicated or impaired but merely because you have more than 0.0 percent blood alcohol concentration (BAC).
An underage DUI is charged as a Class C misdemeanor punishable by:
- A fine of up to $500
- 60-day license suspension
- Community service
- Alcohol awareness education
If you are aged 17 to 20 and found to have a BAC of .08 percent or more, you may face stiffer penalties, such as a fine of up to $2,000, a license suspension of 90 days up to a year, and jail time of 3 to 180 days. A second conviction within 10 years can lead to even harsher penalties with fines reaching up to $4,000, jail time of a year, and a license suspension of a year.
Additional penalties include the potential loss of your insurance or increased premiums as well as a permanent criminal record going forward.
Consult with Johnson, Johnson & Baer, P.C.
Because of the impact that an underage DUI can have, it is vital that you seek experienced and competent legal help. You need an attorney who understands Texas DWI/DUI law and the juvenile court system. Johnson, Johnson & Baer, P.C. has earned a reputation for its team approach, extensive qualifications, and customer service. Our Houston underage DUI attorneys are here to help you seek a favorable outcome through hard work, extensive knowledge, and honed legal skills.