A young person accused of DWI or DUI in Brooklyn can face the loss of freedom, the ability to legally drive, as well as run into serious trouble getting a job or being admitted to college. Young people make mistakes, and few adults can claim to have been model citizens during their teenage years, but may have escaped being caught in the legal system. If your child is accused of underage DWI, something can be done about it. As New York has a "zero tolerance" policy for underage drinking and driving, the legal situation is actually quite serious. In order to be charged with DWI, a person under the age of 21 must have registered at .02 % or higher in the breath or blood test – far, far lower than drivers 21 or over. In fact, breath testing units have a margin of error, and a person could be charged who had consumed no alcohol at all.
Be Proactive in Fighting Back
What do you do if your child is charged with a DWI offense? The first critical matter to resolve is to get defense counsel working with you. The penalties imposed can include jail time, fines as high as $1,000, and the requirement to have an ignition interlock device installed in a vehicle, once the right to operate a vehicle has been restored. Getting a Brooklyn DWI defense lawyer involved early in the case is extremely important. There could be case facts that will allow for a dismissal of charges, a reduced charge, or alternative sentencing. The first step is a full evaluation of the facts in the case. A defense case strategy can be determined and initiated. The need for quality legal counsel cannot be overstated. All legal professionals are aware that the skills and qualifications of a DWI defense lawyer is the most important issue in a DWI case.
In cases in which an accident with injury has occurred, this is a very serious legal problem, and must be addressed carefully and with a great deal of professional skill. The blood testing that identified alcohol in the case must be researched. In some accidents, this testing takes place in the hospital. Alcohol blood testing must be performed in a specific manner, and cannot be on plasma, an extracted part of the blood. If alcohol was applied to the arm when drawing blood, this could also create a problem with the test results.
At The Law Offices of Michael Mullen, we believe in protecting the rights of young people who are caught in the criminal justice system. We are dedicated, creative and personally involved in every case we take on. Call our firm at once if you have a child facing charges of DWI or DUI. We will get the defense of the case into motion. There could be opportunities to have the charges dismissed, but early involvement is critical.