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 his or her 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. James E. Tyner and the legal team at Tyner Legal are available to help you right now. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and review your case options.
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 his or her 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, PLLC is a valuable resource for your family at this time. Contact us to learn how we can help protect a juvenile's constitutional rights after a criminal arrest.
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 us at 518-783-3800 or email us directly.
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