What to do if your son or daughter has been charged with a DUI

Underage (Under 21) DUI Defense in Tigard and Portland

Underage DUI Charges

If your son or daughter has been arrested for DUI, you are likely completely overwhelmed and upset. You are likely worried about the effect it will have on their future as while also worried about working through the fines, license suspension and any other legal consequences. As an experienced underage DUI defense lawyer, I can help you understand what you’re up against, as well as build a plan to defend your son or daughter.

To take the first step, call or email me today for a free initial consultation. I will answer your questions, help you understand how Oregon Under 21 DUI Laws apply to your child’s situation and give you options for moving forward.

How Under 21 DUI Charges Are Different

Assuming a first offense, the jail time (2 days to 1 year) fines ($500 to $1,000) and license suspension (up to 1 year) are the same. What’s unique about an under 21 charge is that the driver does NOT have to be over the .08% limit for drivers of legal drinking age.  Someone who is under 21 only needs to be “affected to a noticeable and perceptible degree” to be arrested for DUI.

Will this Affect MY Auto Insurance?

There are some rare cases where auto insurance companies will cancel (or refuse to renew) your auto insurance policy after an underage DUI charge. What most insurance companies will do is raise your rates and force you to a “higher risk” policy. This can cost as much as $100 to $200 a month more than normal insurance. You may need to stay with this type of policy for as much as 3 to 5 years.

Why You Should Speak with a Lawyer

A lot of people assume that underage DUI cases are very cut and dry; it can seem like there is no defense, and therefore no reason to hire a defense lawyer. The fact of the matter is, having an experienced underage DUI defense lawyer on your side can dramatically improve the end result of your child’s case. I am familiar with the court system, the prosecutors and the judges that will be determining how this will affect your child’s life. I can help find alternative sentencing options and work to ensure that your child is not burdened by a DUI conviction for years to come.

Related Charges to Underage DUI

When alcohol and underage people are involved, there is a whole litany of charges that a police officer or prosecutor may choose to try to throw into the case. If you are facing additional charges it is all the more important that you speak with a lawyer who can help you understand how to work through the situation to the best possible outcome. Additional charges that maybe included with an underage DUI include:

  • Minor in Possession of Alcohol
  • Distributing Alcohol to a Minor
  • Soliciting Alcohol
  • Child Endangerment Law Violations
  • Possession / Use of False Identification

Free Consultation – Contact Me Today

Do not spend another day worrying and waiting. Working with an experienced DUI defense lawyer is the best way to reduce uncertainty and anxiety around an underage DUI charge. Learn how I can help you each step of the way during a free initial phone consultation either over the phone or in my Tigard office.