Now that it is summer and most college students have returned home, there is a good chance there will be more drunk drivers on the road. While being convicted of a DWI is a very serious offense, if you are under the age of 21, the penalties you may face are far more severe. If you are someone who is under the age of 21, you should not be drinking at all, however, if you find yourself in a situation where you have had something to drink and need to get home, do the responsible thing and either find a ride or spend the night. If you are already facing a DWI charge and are under the age of 21, here are some of the questions you may have:
Driving drunk is an extremely reckless action, and the state sees it as such. If you are under 21 years of age, you may face even harsher penalties than someone facing a DWI charge who is of age. New York is a zero-tolerance state, meaning if you have a blood alcohol content of 0.02% or higher, you may face the following:
Additionally, if you are under 21 and refuse to submit to a chemical test, the potential penalties are even further compounded. They are as listed:
Of course, second, third and subsequent offenses will have even further ramifications, so it is very important that you contact an experienced attorney if you are facing such charges. New York State is even less forgiving when it comes to repeat offenders, and you may eventually face permanent revocation of your driving privileges if you are convicted a third or subsequent time.
A knowledgeable attorney will assess the circumstances of your arrest. If law enforcement made a mistake during your arrest, or there is another factor that may make any evidence against you inadmissible, you may have a valid defense against your DWI charge. You may have a valid defense if you were stopped unlawfully or if your Field Sobriety Test was not properly administered. Your Field Sobriety Test may not have been properly administered if:
Kevin T. Conway has over 30 years of experience as a Spring Valley criminal attorney handling DUI, DWI, traffic violations, violent crimes, sex crimes, illegal gun possession, shoplifting, and juvenile crimes. Attorney Conway is also experienced in commercial law matters, zoning law, and estate planning. If you need a Rockland County criminal lawyer, contact our Spring Valley office for a free consultation.