When the operator of a motor vehicle is believed to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs and he is under the age of twenty-one (21), he may be arrested and charged with Underage DWI. Underage DWI is a seperate staute that regular DWI.
A person under that age of 21 is presumed to be under the influence of alcohol if his/her blood alchol content is .02 or greater. The charge of Underage DWI is a misdemeanor offense. If the driver blows .08 or above, he.she can be charged with the adult-version of DWI, which has stiffer penalties. Keep in mind that the operator, regardless of age, has fifteen (15) days from the date of arrest to request an administrative hearing. He can usually do this through his/her attorney. This is important because the laws regarding suspension of license for refusal and submittal of the breathalyzer or more stringent for underage offenders.
Mr. Barkemeyer has defended numerous clients arrested and charged with Underage DWI. He takes an aggressive approach to handling these types of cases to get the best result possible.
Contact a St. Tammany Parish Underage DWI Lawyer at 985-888-0009.