Facing Under-21 Drunk Driving Charges In Pennsylvania? Help Is Available.

The consumption of alcohol by any individual under the age of 21 is always illegal, almost without exception. Underage drivers, while making up less than 10 percent of all licensed drivers, account for an estimated 12 percent of DUI related fatalities in the state of Pennsylvania. Because of this, the laws and penalties pertaining to underage DUIs are harsher than for those who are of legal drinking age.

If you’ve been arrested for an underage DUI in Lackawanna County, you should not hesitate to contact Thompson Law. Attorney William D. Thompson is considered a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by The National Trial Lawyers and was recognized for his client satisfaction for two consecutive years by the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys.

Penalties For Underage DUI In Pennsylvania

If a chemical test confirms that an individual under the age of 21 has a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .02% or higher, he or she can be arrested and charged for an underage DUI. In addition to underage DUI, the person in question may also be charged with other alcohol-related crimes including minor in possession and possession of false identification if a fake ID was used.

If convicted of a first underage DUI, penalties can include:

  • Up to 90 days in jail
  • $500 in fines
  • 12-month license suspension if BAC is above .10%

If convicted of a second underage DUI, penalties can include

  • Up to six months in jail
  • $2,500 in fines
  • 1-year license suspension

These consequences are just the beginning. The stigma associated with having a criminal record could impact your future for years to come.

An Experienced Attorney Ready To Defend Your Future

Mr. Thompson’s primary mission and goal is to aggressively defend and protect the rights of those who have been arrested, accused, or charged with a crime. Facing the legal system can be a daunting task, but you don’t have to do it alone.

Call Thompson Law at 570-846-2819 to discuss your legal options. You can also schedule a consultation with a Scranton DUI attorney by messaging the firm online