Chicago Underage DUI Attorney
Defending Minors in DUI Cases
Illinois is a zero tolerance state when it comes to underage drinking and driving. Although some states allow minors to have a blood alcohol content of .02%, in Illinois it is a strict .00%.
If your child was stopped by a law enforcement officer and it was determined that he or she had any alcohol in his or her system whatsoever, your child could be facing lifelong consequences. An underage DUI conviction could lead to difficulty getting into college, obtaining school or personal loans, and finding employment or a place to live. A Chicago DUI attorney at the Law Offices of Mitch Furman can work with you and your child to keep these charges off the record.
Penalties for Underage DUI
State laws are different for underage drivers if they have been drinking. If their BAC is between .01% and .07%, they will be subject to the terms of the zero tolerance law, but if their BAC is .08% or above, they will be subject to the terms of the regular DUI law.
With that in mind, the various penalties can vary:
- Under zero tolerance, they will only face fines and a suspension of their license, which will not go on their permanent record.
- Under the regular DUI laws, however, they may be facing up to a year in jail, even if it is a first offense.
- A refusal to submit to a chemical test will automatically result in a license suspension of at least 3 months for a first offense, and up to a year for a second offense.
Need an attorney for underage DUI in Chicago?
The attorneys at Law Offices of Mitch Furman have vast experience in all areas of DUI law. I will not only aggressively defend your child in court, but can also negotiate before trial, work to have the case dismissed altogether, or have the charges against them lessened.