Old Bridge NJ Underage DWI Lawyer
Underage DUI Defense Attorneys in Middlesex County, New Jersey
Underage DWI charges are commonly referred to as a “Baby DWI’s”. Underage DWI is a very serious offense for a young person because it is illegal in the state of New Jersey for anyone under the age of 21 to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of any alcohol. Underage DWI’s are distinguishable from regular DWI’s because the individual’s Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) need only be .01% or higher to be charged with Driving While Intoxicated, as opposed to. 08% in the case of an “of age” driver. The penalties associated with an Underage DWI are severe. In cases where the youth’s BAC is between .01% and .08%, the offender faces between thirty and ninety days license suspension, community service, and fines. If the individual’s BAC is higher than .08%, then the driver will face the normal penalties for Driving While Intoxicated in New Jersey- the same consequences faced by adults.
As you can see, the repercussions of an underage DUI are grave, and may lead to increased complications with employment and education. Will Proetta, our firm’s founding attorney, is certified in the correct maintenance and operation of the Alcotest 7110, the “breathalyzer” equipment used by New Jersey Law enforcement in gauging BAC. Furthermore, he is a certified instructor in Standardized Field Sobriety Testing. This experience enables the attorneys at the Law Offices of Proetta & Oliver to diligently scrutinize the state’s case against you or your child. Our lawyers represent minors who are looking to beat underage DWI charges in New Brunswick, Old Bridge, Piscataway, Perth Amboy, Metuchen, South Plainfield, and throughout Middlesex County. To speak with a skilled and experienced Middlesex County underage DWI lawyer now, please feel free to contact our Edison office at (732) 659-9600 for a free consultation.
New Jersey Underage DWI Law: N.J.S.A. 39:4-50.14
The New Jersey statute governing Underage DWI is N.J.S.A. 39:4-50.14 which reads in pertinent part for your convenience:
§ 39:4-50.14. Penalties for underage person operating motor vehicle after consuming alcohol
Any person under the legal age to purchase alcoholic beverages who operates a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.01% or more, but less than 0.08%, by weight of alcohol in his blood, shall forfeit his right to operate a motor vehicle over the highways of this State or shall be prohibited from obtaining a license to operate a motor vehicle in this State for a period of not less than 30 or more than 90 days beginning on the date he becomes eligible to obtain a license or on the day of conviction, whichever is later, and shall perform community service for a period of not less than 15 or more than 30 days.
In addition, the person shall satisfy the program and fee requirements of an Intoxicated Driver Resource Center or participate in a program of alcohol education and highway safety as prescribed by the chief administrator.
The penalties provided under the provisions of this section shall be in addition to the penalties which the court may impose under N.J.S.A. 2C:33-15, R.S. 33:1-81, R.S. 39:4-50 or any other law.
Contact an Edison NJ Underage DWI Defense Lawyer for a Free Consultation
If you or your child has been charged with Underage Drinking and Driving in the State of New Jersey, then it is important that you seek out and retain skilled and experienced DWI defense lawyers. To speak with a lawyer regarding a Middlesex County underage DWI, call us at (732) 659-9600. We are available 24/7 to assist you and consultations are always provided free of charge. You can also follow the links below to learn more about charges, issues, and municipalities that may be involved in your case.