If you face an underage Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) charge, you might be grappling with the uncertainty of your future. Fortunately, a charge doesn’t mean a conviction, and you still have options.
The Colony underage DWI attorneys from the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg may be able to help you avoid jail time and/or compel the prosecution to reduce or drop the charge.
What Are the Penalties for Underage DWI?
If you’re between 17 and 20 years old and have a BAC of 0.08 or higher, you will face an underage DWI charge and the following penalties:
- Up to $2,000 in fines
- A license suspension from 3 months to 1 year
- 3 to 180 days in jail
Note that the penalties will increase for every additional offense.
If someone over 21 has a BAC of 0.08 or higher, the arresting officer may charge them with a DWI or DUI. It’s their choice.
Penalties for DUI
If you are under 21 and have any detectable traces of alcohol in your system, you may be charged with drinking and driving. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) says that you could face these penalties if it’s your first alleged offense:
- Up to $500 in fines
- 20 to 40 hours of community services
- A 60-day license suspension
- Mandatory alcohol-awareness classes
What Are the Differences Between a DWI and a DUI?
Driving under the influence (DUI), DWI, and underage DWI are offenses that have to do with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Many people use these terms interchangeably, but there are some key differences.
- DUI: Those under 21 who have any detectable amount of alcohol in their system may receive this charge, as Texas has a zero-tolerance policy for underage drinking. A DUI is a much less serious charge.
- DWI: Those who have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 or more or who cannot use their mental or physical faculties may be charged with a DWI, which constitutes a Class B misdemeanor. You can be charged with a DWI, regardless of whether you are under or over 21.
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How Our The Colony Underage DWI Attorneys Can Help You
Navigating Texas’ legal system on your own can be difficult, especially when you’re stressed out about potential jail time and fines. Luckily, when you have representation from the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg on your side, the only thing you have to worry about is yourself.
One of our DWI attorneys serving The Colony can take on these tasks on your behalf:
- Convince the state to drop or reduce your charges
- Fight to get your bail reduced or have you released on bail
- Examines and cross-examines witnesses
- Collects and analyzes evidence
- Identify which laws apply to your case
- Handle all communication with law enforcement, the prosecution, and the court
You won’t be left in the dark with our team in your corner. Your underage DWI lawyer can regularly keep you up to date on your case’s progress. If you ever have questions about the legal process, someone will always be available to take your call.
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What Former Clients Have Said About Working With Our Firm
At the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg, we put our clients above all else. This approach has been off based on our client testimonials:
“The whole team was super understanding and helpful with my case. They were patient till the end of it, and kept me out of prison with multiple dwi’s. I am super grateful. Other firms gave me no hope . Coleen was excellent. Randall was top tier. This firm will fight for your best interest despite contrary belief. Thanks alot. I recommended my family already and I recommend them to everyone.” – Puro Vino
I was very pleased being able to work with your Law Firm on my unfortunate DWI case.
“You were truly the best and had very impressive end results. I had some unplanned complications in my DWI case & the end results were very amazing at I felt I was truly with a Dream Team law firm in my situation…” – Jonny W.
We invite you to check out our case results to get a more in-depth look into how we deliver for our clients.
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Defense Strategies We May Use in The Colony Underage DWI Cases
When you meet with our attorneys, we will listen to your version of what happened, review the available evidence, and base our approach to building your case on these things. From there, our criminal defense lawyers will craft a defense strategy to protect your rights and reach a favorable outcome.
Although every case is different, common defenses we use in underage DWI cases include the following:
- Lack of probable cause
- Unlawful search and seizure
- Faulty Breathalyzer results
- Failure to maintain chain of custody
- False reports
- Mistaken identity
- No Miranda rights read
Sometimes, we use a combination of these defenses if we deem it necessary.
About Our DUI Attorneys Serving The Colony, TX
When you’ve been charged with an underage DWI, we know what you’re up against. Our team is led by attorney Randy Isenberg with over three decades of experience in criminal law, including experience as a former prosecutor and a state district judge. He and the rest of the team understand the opposition and how to fight or negotiate with them.
You can be confident in our The Colony DWI attorneys, and we can tell you more in a simple consultation.
Contact Us for Our Underage DWI Defense Lawyer in The Colony, Texas
If you or a loved one is facing a Texas DUI charge, an underage DWI attorney at our firm serving The Colony may be able to help you avoid jail time, high fines, and other penalties. In a case review, we can go over what happened and how we can help you reach a successful outcome. Contact the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg today to get started.