Underage DWI If your future is at risk, your attorney can make all the difference.

Underage DWI Defense Lawyer in Brooklyn

More than 20 Years of Outstanding Legal Representation

Mistakes happen, especially among young people, and they shouldn’t define their entire future. If you or your minor child has been charged with an underage DWI, a conviction can have a significant impact on their ability to lead a hopeful and productive life. At The Law Offices of Wilson Antonio LaFaurie, we work hard to help our clients preserve their future.

Our Brooklyn underage DWI attorney fights hard to protect client rights and to help them deal with the aftermath of an underage DWI arrest. With decades of experience behind us, we can provide you with the legal representation you need to feel confident in court.

For a free case evaluation with a DWI attorney skilled in handling underage DWI cases, contact the Law Offices of Wilson Antonio LaFaurie at (718) 215-9182 or online.

Underage DWAI vs. DWI Charges

The State of New York has a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to underage drinking and driving. While adults can legally drive with a blood alcohol content (BAC) level under .08 percent, those under 21 face DWI charges for amounts as low as .02 percent.

Depending on the BAC level, an individual under 21 may be charged with either a DWAI (driving while ability impaired) or a DWI (driving while intoxicated).

The designated BAC levels for an underage DWAI vs. a DWI are:

  • DWAI: at least .02 percent
  • DWI: .08 percent or higher

Even one drink at a party can result in a DWAI charge, and the penalties can be severe. A criminal conviction can make it challenging to get into college, qualify for student loans, find employment, and secure housing.

Penalties of Underage DWI Charges

In New York, if you are underage and charged with what is called a “per se DWI,” your case will be handled by the DMV. A “per se DWI” refers to charges that are brought based on your BAC level alone. A minor can be charged with a per se DWI even when their BAC is under .08 percent. This is part of New York’s Zero Tolerance Law.

Penalties for a DWI with a BAC between .02 and .07 percent include:

  • 6-month license suspension
  • $125 fine

If your BAC is .08 percent or above, or you are charged with driving while substantially impaired, you can be charged with an underage DWI and will face similar penalties to that of an adult. Again, as with adults, subsequent convictions will see intensified sentences.

Penalties of an underage DWI can include:

  • One-year mandatory license suspension
  • Fines up to $1,000
  • Mandatory rehabilitation programs
  • Community service
  • Up to a year in jail

Those under 21 may also face additional charges related to the illegal acquisition and consumption of alcohol. If you or a loved one is facing underage DWI charges, no matter the circumstances, it is recommended that you secure legal representation as soon as possible. With so much at stake, you must protect your rights.

With the future at stake, you must take underage DWI charges seriously. Call our DWI defense lawyer at (718) 215-9182.

Reviews from Our Clients

  • I can honestly say if I had hired any another attorney I would not have had the same results.

    “I was truly pleased with the services of Mr. Lafaurie. I had to take care of a few tickets I was given and was not going to be able to make the court date because I did not reside in Brooklyn anymore. ...”

    - Satchel
  • Wilson LaFaurie is especially knowledgable in DUI & DWI offenses

    “Wilson LaFaurie is a skilled trial attorney. He is especially knowledgable in DUI & DWI offenses. I recommend him to anyone charged with a DUI or DWI offense. His reputation for being an aggressive ...”

    - Attorney Izabel Garcia
  • His appearance in every way is wonderful in front of the jury.

    “I met Wilson co-counseling on a feling criminal trial. I am impressed with his skills. His appearance in every way is wonderful in front of the jury.”

    - Attorney Lisa Pelosi
  • His reassurance helped ease my anxiety.

    “We engaged Mr. LaFaurie for a case involving our son. We were extremely pleased with the results of our case (dismissed) and the very efficient, professional manner in which he responded to all of our ...”

    - Donna
  • He met and exceeded our expectations.

    “Mr. LaFaurie is absolutely all class and extremely knowledgeable. When I chose him to represent my friend we knew he was fully capable. He met and exceeded our expectations. He listens to you, gives ...”

    - Felix

Case Results

  • Not Guilty Driving While Intoxicated
  • Hung Jury; No Conviction Homicide/Murder Case
  • Straight Probation Robbery/Assault Case
  • No Charges Filed Perjury By Victim
  • Not Guilty Verdict On All Charges Driving While Intoxicated For The 3rd Time
  • Reduced to 1 Misdemeanor Charge Credit Card Fraud, Previously Convicted In Outside State
  • Dismissed Sexual Assault Charge
  • License Reinstated DWI Refusal Hearing
  • Full Driving Privileges Restored DWI Refusal Hearings
  • Dismissed DWI/DUI - Six Arrests

Qualities that Define Excellence

  • 10.0 Superb Avvo Rating
  • Experience as a Former Prosecutor
  • Over 2,000 Cases Handled
  • 300+ Cases Won in Jury Trial
  • Over 25 Years of Experience
  • Se Habla Español

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