Due to the dangers connected with drinking and driving, the state of Kansas has adopted a zero tolerance policy when it comes to underage DUI. This means that if a minor under the age of 21 is found to be driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.02% or more he or she can expect to be charged with an underage DUI and will be facing serious penalties if convicted. A first-time offense will result in an automatic 30-day suspension of his or her driver's license and driving privileges will be severely restricted for close to a year. If the BAC level is found to be more than 0.08% he or she could be facing imprisonment, fines up to $1000 and the vehicle could be impounded.
These penalties would be in addition to the aforementioned license suspension and restrictions. Multiple underage DUI offenses could result in additional penalties including a longer license suspension, an increased jail sentence, more expensive fines, the mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device (IID) on the vehicle he or she drives, the completion of a court-ordered alcohol abuse program and insurance rates could face a significant increase or be cancelled all together. DUI convictions will also go on an individual's permanent criminal record and will show up in future background checks, when applying for loans and more.
At Garretson & Toth, LLC we understand how terrifying it can be for a parent to have their child arrested for an underage DUI. Due to the consequences he or she may face, it is vital that you act quickly to obtain legal representation. An experienced Olathe criminal attorney is your best defense against underage DUI charges and the penalties that go with them. Our firm has more than 60 years combined experience practicing law and helping individuals fight the DUI and other criminal charges they face. As former county prosecutors, we realize the impact an underage driver's irresponsible acts or momentary lapse in judgment could have on his or her future, and that is why we can be counted upon to be the aggressive advocate you and your child need.
If you need legal assistance to fight underage DUI charges, do not hesitate to contact our firm right away. We take pride in being able to help our clients protect their freedom and regain control of their lives. We look forward to doing the same for you and your child.