Underage Drunk Driving Charges Have Serious Future Implications
The legal drinking age in Albany (and across New York), with a few exceptions, is 21. It is illegal for minors to purchase alcoholic beverages and for commercial establishments to sell them wine, beer or hard liquor.
The state has zero tolerance for drinking and driving by underage drivers. Therefore, drivers under age 21 are held to higher standards than drivers over age 21. While adult drivers are considered to be breaking the law if their blood alcohol content is above certain levels, a driver under age 21 is not allowed to drive with any measurable alcohol in their body.
If you or someone you love was accused of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and under the age of 21, it’s important to consult with an experienced Albany DWI defense attorney as quickly as possible. At The Law Office of James E. Tyner, PLLC, my legal team and I are available to help you right now. Contact me today to schedule a free consultation and review your case options.
Consequences For Juvenile DWI Offenders In Albany
A juvenile offender faces stiffer penalties than adults do for DWI. It is common for teenagers convicted of drinking and driving to have their driver’s licenses revoked until age 21, for example. Other negative consequences may be just as bad or worse: a DWI conviction will give a young person a criminal record. This is a poor way to start an academic career or working life. When you apply for a job and have to answer yes to the question about previous criminal convictions — and another applicant has no such black mark on their record — it is not hard to imagine the harm this can do.
Has your teenage son or daughter been charged with underage DWI in Albany? The Law Office of James E. Tyner can be a valuable resource for your family at this time. Contact me to learn how I can help protect a juvenile’s constitutional rights after a criminal arrest.
Charged With Underage DWI? Contact An Albany DWI Defense Attorney Now.
If you have been charged with any alcohol or drug-related criminal offense as a minor, schedule a free consultation with an Albany DWI defense attorney today. Call me at 518-783-3800 or email me directly.