Learning to drive is often considered a significant milestone for individuals under 21, but individuals must understand the risks of underage drinking and driving. In Arizona, a zero-tolerance state, even a trace amount of alcohol or narcotics in the bloodstream can lead to charges of underage DUI. The legal consequences can be severe, potentially resulting in long-lasting effects on one's life. An experienced underage DUI attorney in Chandler can be advantageous in helping your case.
If you or a loved one has been charged with In such situations, consulting a skilled DUI attorney like Armando Nava at the Nava Law Firm in Phoenix is crucial. Nava's experience in DUI defense, particularly in underage cases, can provide invaluable assistance. With a deep understanding of the laws and the ability to develop strong defense strategies, Nava can guide clients through the legal process, protect their rights, and strive for the best possible outcome.
Under ARS section 4-244(34) in Arizona, it is explicitly prohibited for individuals under the age of 21 to operate a vehicle with any "spirituous liquor" in their system. "Spirituous liquor" refers to any alcoholic beverage, including beer, wine, and distilled spirits. This zero-tolerance policy discourages underage drinking and driving by imposing strict legal consequences.
It is crucial for young individuals facing underage DUI charges to seek legal representation from a qualified attorney who has experience in DUI defense. An attorney can assess the case's specific circumstances, explore possible defenses, and advocate for the best possible outcome. They may challenge the legality of the traffic stop, question the accuracy of the breathalyzer or blood test results, or raise procedural issues that could result in the reduction or dismissal of charges.
It is important to note that the consequences of an underage DUI conviction can be more severe than those for adults in Arizona. While the legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit for adults is generally 0.08%, any detectable amount of alcohol in an underage driver's system can lead to a DUI charge. This zero-tolerance policy reflects the state's commitment to combating underage drinking and driving and protecting young drivers from the potential dangers associated with alcohol consumption.
Here are some potential penalties for underage DUI in Arizona:
Additionally, a conviction for underage DUI can have long-lasting effects on education and career opportunities, with consequences such as the following:
If you or a loved one has been charged with an underage DUI allegation, please contact the Nava Law Firm today. When you partner with our firm, our attorneys will work diligently to defend your rights. Our mission is to protect your rights, mitigate the potential consequences, and work towards preserving your future opportunities.
Our firm primarily serves the areas of Phoenix, Scottsdale, Chandler, Tempe, and other locations around Arizona. If you need an esteemed criminal defense attorney in Chandler, don't hesitate to contact us today to schedule your free case evaluation.
Woman was charged with her second DUI within 7 years after being involved in a collision in Scottsdale. Through our investigation, we found multiple mistakes made by the arresting officer. These errors were used to get the prosecution to reduce the alleged offense to a charge with no jail time. Result: Charge Reduced w/ No Jail.
A man was pulled over by Salt River Police Department while visiting from out of town. Despite showing no signs of impairment, the officers arrested him and charged him with DUI Drugs. We investigated the case heavily and interviewed every officer involved. Ultimately, a motion to suppress was filed and granted after an evidentiary hearing before a Judge. Result: Case Dismissed.
A man was charged with attacking a family with a knife. After reviewing the evidence, it was determined that the instrument used was not a knife at all. The Grand Jury had been misled, so we filed a motion challenging the grand jury presentation. The prosecutor, confronted with the truth, agreed to reduce the charge to a misdemeanor with no jail time. Result: Charge Reduced to a Misdemeanor.
A man was out on a walk and was stopped by police because he was in the area of an attempted vehicle theft. The man maintained his innocence, but the owner of the truck identified him as the man he saw attempt to steal it. We worked tirelessly to prepare a defense and get the prosecution to see reason. The State wouldn’t budge, so the case went to trial. Result: Not Guilty After Jury Trial
A client was charged with resist arrest after being targeted by police during the protests of Summer 2020. Our firm developed a strategy with activists and members of the media that led to a dismissal of our client’s case and, eventually, all cases connected to the political prosecution of the protesters. Result: Case Dismissed.
A woman and her boyfriend were arguing over the cleaning of their apartment. The police were called after things escalated and the woman was arrested. The Mesa City Prosecutors originally wanted the woman to do jail time. After working the case and providing background information, we were able to get the prosecutor to allow the woman to complete classes in exchange for a dismissal. Result: Case Dismissed After Diversion.
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