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Has your child come to find him or herself in trouble with the law? Regardless of their offense, we want you to know that we are ready and willing to defend any juveniles who have been accused of a crime. We will defend them no matter what the offense, but we do focus on crimes related to alcohol consumption or vehicle-related violations that can result in a suspended or revoked driver’s license. These charges can leave your child without a license until the age of 21.
When it comes to defending a juvenile, our main objectives are to:
In Arizona, the official age at which you are allowed to consume alcohol is 21 years old. For anyone under this age, drinking alcohol is illegal. However, there are some exemptions, such as:
Because so many alcohol-related driving fatalities are the result of underage drinking, the consequences for drinking and driving while underage are much harsher than they are for adults over the age of 21. While a normal DUI for an adult client requires a minimum BAC of .08%, clients who are under the legal drinking age of 21, can be convicted of drinking and driving for having a BAC of anything over 0.00%.
If you are underage and receive a DUI, you may face other charges in addition to that one. Some of these include:
There are many different potential charges you may face if you are underage at the time of your DUI. For instance:
Not only is it illegal to possess or consume alcohol when under the age of 21, but it is also illegal to purchase alcohol with a fake ID. In fact, Arizona law says that using a fake ID to enter a bar or buy alcohol is a class 1 misdemeanor, which can be punished with up to 6 months of jail time and a $2,500 fine. Being caught using a fake ID can also result in having your license suspended or revoked.
Here at The Weingart Firm, we represent juvenile clients residing in the Scottsdale, Phoenix, and Tempe areas of Arizona. With our experienced representation, we can protect the future of our young defendants. We also represent clients from out of state who are dealing with underage drinking and motor vehicle convictions. In most cases, we can resolve cases for our out-of-state defendants without them having to return to Arizona. This is possible using a waiver of appearance.
If you are looking for comprehensive representation, call our office at (480) 897-8737 for a free consultation. Mark Weingart is a board certified criminal law specialist under the strict standards established by the Arizona Board of Legal Specialization. The Weingart Firm is an AV-rated* law firm under Martindale-Hubbell’s peer review rating system, providing superior and outstanding representation.