Richardson DUI Lawyer

Richardson DUI

In Texas, driving under the influence (DUI) is an offense that can only be committed by minors. It is given to anyone under 21 that has been caught driving after having consumed any alcohol. A minor commits this offense when he or she operates a motor vehicle in any public space while having any detectable amount of alcohol in their system.

Unlike DWI, minors don ‘t have to be over the legal limit to be charged with DUI. When it comes to minors, driving, and alcohol, the state has adopted a zero tolerance position and set the legal limit at 0.

If an officer stops a minor and that minor says that he or she has had anything to drink, the police have all the proof that they need to charge the minor with a DUI. As a Class C Misdemeanor, DUI has a penalty of a maximum fine of $500. On the third DUI conviction, the punishment increases dramatically. The fine for the 3rd conviction is a minimum of $500 and a maximum of $2,000. The judge may also hand down a jail sentence of up to 6 months.

The Department of Public Safety will suspend the minor ‘s license on top of the fines and possible jail time. The first and third convictions have 6 month suspensions while the second conviction yields a 4 month suspension.

If you have been charged with a DUI, contact Richardson DUI lawyer Mark T. Lassiter at (214) 845-7007.

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