Chandler Underage DUI Attorney
Underage DUI in Chandler, AZ
DUI charges can be difficult to face given the potentially harsh penalties, however if you have been charged with DUI and you are under the age of 21 (the legal drinking age in Arizona), you could face very serious and long-lasting penalties if you are convicted of this charge. One major repercussion of being convicted of an Underage DUI charge is ending up with a permanent criminal conviction on your record. This mark can prevent you from obtaining a commercial driver’s license or finding work in a commercial driving field. Given the potentially significant consequences if convicted of an Underage DUI charge, it is imperative that you have skilled and experienced legal representation on your side throughout the duration of your case.
Penalties for a first conviction of drinking and driving while under the age of 21 may include the following:
• License suspension for 24 months, however you may be eligible for a restricted permit at the court's discretion
• Ignition interlock device in all vehicles for three years
• Class one misdemeanor criminal record for life
• Possible probation
• Education classes, community service and or other penalties at the court's discretion
• Fines and surcharges
These penalties can result in serious lifelong repercussions if you are convicted of this crime. An experienced DUI lawyer will conduct a thorough investigation of the case and all the evidence to identify any potential weaknesses that may undermine the State’s case. There are many instances where evidence has been compromised or mishandled and a trained DUI lawyer will ensure that the State’s evidence is scrutinized in order to determine the best defense(s) are pursued in each case. Given the many possible areas where various weakness may be present in a DUI case, including during the stop (such as unlawful stop, unlawful arrest or tainted confessions), issues with breath test (such as contaminated or faulty equipment), issues in the crime lab testing procedures (such as chain of custody issues or improper storage/handling of the blood sample), and many other potential issues, it is imperative that the DUI lawyer you hire has the necessary experience in identifying any potential weaknesses in a DUI case.
Charged With Underage DUI?
Given our proximity to ASU, we have represented many ASU students who have been charged with Underage DUI or other underage drinking violations such as Minor in Possession and Minor in Consumption as well as Fake ID violations. If the arresting agency is the ASU Police Department or the AZ Department of Liquor Control, these cases will usually be filed in the University Lakes Justice Court in downtown Chandler, inside the San Tan Regional Court facility. If the arresting agency is the Chandler Police Department, these case will usually be file in the Chandler Municipal Court in downtown Chandler. At the Law Offices of Trent R. Buckallew PC, attorney Buckallew has defending DUI cases in Chandler and throughout the Valley for nearly 20 years with a long history of success in the cases that he handles. Attorney Buckallew has his Master of forensic science which means that he has skill and experience in evaluating scientific based evidence, such as blood and breath evidence. If you choose to work with this Firm you will be represented by a skilled and experienced DUI Lawyer who will fight aggressively for your rights, your goals and your desires in your case.
Contact the Firm today for a free evaluation of any pending DUI charges in Chandler.