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New York City Underage DUI Attorneys

Aggressive Defense for Minors Charged with Drunk Driving

Being charged with driving under the influence (DUI) is a serious matter, but it is even more serious when the person charged is under the legal drinking age. In New York, the legal drinking age is 21, and the state has a zero-tolerance policy for underage drinking and driving. This means that if a driver under the age of 21 is found to have any amount of alcohol in their system, they can be charged with DUI.

At Cohen Forman Barone, our New York underage DUI lawyers understand the unique challenges that minors face when they are charged with drunk driving. We know that a conviction can have a lasting impact on a young person’s life, and we are committed to providing the aggressive and effective defense that they deserve. Our attorneys have extensive experience handling all types of DUI cases, and we know what it takes to win in court. 


Call (212) 577-9314 or contact us online today to schedule a consultation with our team.


What Is the Legal Limit for Underage DUI in New York?

For drivers who are 21 years of age or older, the legal limit for DUI in New York is a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08%. However, for drivers who are under the age of 21, the legal limit is much lower. In fact, it is zero. This means that if a driver under the age of 21 is found to have any amount of alcohol in their system, they can be charged with DUI.

It is important to note that the zero-tolerance policy only applies to alcohol. Minors can still be charged with DUI if they are found to have any amount of drugs in their system.

What Are the Penalties for Underage DUI in New York?

Underage DUI is a serious offense in New York, and the penalties for a conviction can be severe. In addition to criminal penalties, a conviction can also have a lasting impact on a young person’s life. For example, a DUI conviction can make it difficult to get into college or secure a job. It can also result in higher insurance premiums.

The penalties for an underage DUI conviction in New York include:

  • Up to 1 year of probation
  • Up to 1 year of driver’s license suspension
  • Up to $1,000 in fines
  • Up to 15 days in jail
  • Community service
  • Required attendance in an alcohol education program

It is important to note that these are the penalties for a first-time conviction. The penalties for a second or subsequent conviction are even more severe.

How Can a Lawyer Help with an Underage DUI Case?

If you are a minor who has been charged with DUI, it is important to consult with an experienced attorney as soon as possible. A lawyer can help you understand your rights and options and guide you through the legal process. They can also help you build a strong defense and fight for the best possible outcome in your case.

At Cohen Forman Barone, our New York underage DUI attorneys have extensive experience handling all types of DUI cases. We know what it takes to win in court, and we are prepared to put our skills to work for you. We will conduct a thorough investigation into your case and work to uncover any evidence that could be used to challenge the charges against you. We will also represent you in all court hearings and fight to protect your rights and future.

Can You Get a DUI at 18 in New York?

Yes, you can get a DUI at 18 in New York. The legal drinking age in New York is 21, but the state has a zero-tolerance policy for underage drinking and driving. This means that if a driver under the age of 21 is found to have any amount of alcohol in their system, they can be charged with DUI. Minors can also be charged with DUI if they are found to have any amount of drugs in their system.


Call (212) 577-9314 or contact us online today to schedule a consultation with our team.


 

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