Underage DUI Giving You a Fighting Chance

Rhode Island Juvenile DUI Defense Attorney

Legal Support for Underage DUI Charges in Rhode Island

Since an immense amount of alcohol-related automobile accidents are caused by underage drinkers, the penalties for individuals under 21 may be harsher than those of legal age. If you have been arrested for a DUI and you are under the age of 21, our RI underage DUI attorney possesses the in-depth understanding of state driving laws, DMV processes, and court proceedings to help you obtain your desired results.

Our RI underage DUI lawyer is available 24/7 to our clients for any questions or concerns.

Understanding Underage DUI Penalties in Rhode Island

In Rhode Island, if a chemical test determines that a driver under the age of 21 has a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.02% or higher, then the driver can be cited for a DUI, as opposed to a BAC of 0.08% for those 21 or older. Young drivers can be charged with “driving while impaired” if a chemical test determines a BAC between 0.02% and 0.08%.

If your BAC is between 0.02% and 0.08%, you may be subject to the following DUI penalties:

Consequences of a First DUI Offense for Minors in RI

  • $250 fine
  • Suspended license of one to three months
  • Driving school
  • Alcohol treatment program
  • 30 hours of community service

Penalties for Repeat Underage DUI Offenders in Rhode Island

  • $250 fine
  • $300 highway safety assessment
  • Suspended license of three to six months
  • 60 hours of community service
  • Driving school
  • Alcohol treatment program

Some judges may also require the use of an ignition interlock device or the confiscation of the driver's vehicle.

Underage DUI convictions must be reported on college and job applications, which can disqualify you from being accepted or hired. Additionally, students already enrolled in college can face extra penalties that might impact their eligibility to attend school. Some specialized areas of study will not allow students to continue programs if they are convicted for underage DUI. If your top priority is to contain the situation and get the charges against you removed from your record, you will need to discuss the details of your situation with a lawyer to make sure you properly handle the situation.

How Our Rhode Island DUI Defense Team Assists You

Along with these harsh penalties, you may also be charged with distributing alcohol to minors, minor in possession of alcohol, child endangerment, possession of false identification, etc. At The Law Office of Thomas C. Thomasian, Esq., our RI underage DUI lawyer is committed to build an aggressive and personalized strategy to have your charges reduced or case entirely dismissed.

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