Operating Under the Influence While Underage / Under 21

If you are under the age of 21 and have been charged with operating under the influence, speak with Attorney Robert J. Wheeler about your options. When an underage driver refuses a breath test, his or her driver's license will be suspended for 3 years. Furthermore, for those under the age of 21, the legal BAC limit is 0.02 as opposed to the 0.08 limit for those who are of age. This is known as the "zero tolerance policy."

While many or most OUI defendants experience anxiety and concern as a result of the criminal charges, younger OUI defendants tend to have unique concerns. For example, those under 21 may be worried about the effect of criminal charges or convictions on college or graduate school applications. Apart from college-related concerns, persons under 21 might be new to their jobs, heightening concern over the lengthy license suspension term. Knowing that you have an experienced attorney like Robert J. Wheeler, Jr. on your side will help to ease your worries. Attorney Wheeler will make sure that you thoroughly understand your choices, guide you through the process, and make sure that you get the best result possible.

Potential Penalties for OUI Under 21

The maximum possible punishment that one can receive for operating under the influence under 21 is up to 2 years in a house of correction or a fine of between $500 and $5,000, with a 1 year license suspension (which would be added to the 3-year suspension if a breath test was refused).In many cases the accused will enter a plea for a continuance without a finding (CWOF), which would involve fines and fees, probation, an alcohol education program, and license suspension for 210 days. In other cases, the accused may want to go to trial, in which case retaining the services of an aggressive trial lawyer like Robert J. Wheeler, Jr. becomes significantly more important. If you have been charged with OUI under 21 or any other crime, seek the advice of Attorney Wheeler.

Law Office of Robert J. Wheeler, Jr. (617) 973-5858

The Law Office of Robert J. Wheeler, Jr. is located on Congress Street in downtown Boston. Attorney Wheeler's practice focuses exclusively on criminal defense. Robert Wheeler has been defending the criminally accused for more than 30 years. If you have been charged with OUI or any crime, call Attorney Wheeler's office today at (617) 973-5858 (24 hours a day and 7 days a week).