Defending Juveniles From Drunk Driving Charges

For drivers under the age of 21 accused of drunk driving, the penalties for DWI are more severe than those imposed on someone over 21 at the time of the offense, making it extremely important to consult with an experienced DWI defense attorney.

At the law office of Glenn R. Bruno, Esq., I have more than 20 years of experience handling criminal charges. Included in my experience is representation of minors who are facing drunk driving charges in New York's Hudson Valley. I'm ready to help you by explaining the options you have and the present and future consequences of each. I provide each client with straightforward, practical advice and skilled advocacy.

It takes an experienced Poughkeepsie attorney to handle DWI for minors. To schedule your free in-office or telephone consultation, call my Poughkeepsie office at 845-206-4501, toll free 888-324-0551 or send me an e-mail today.

DWI for Minors: What Does It Mean for You?

When you are under the age of 21 and convicted for DWI or DWAI, your driver's license will be revoked for a period of at least one year. On a second conviction, the revocation period will be at least one year or until you reach the age of 21, whichever is longer. Regardless of age, the fines associated with DWI remain the same.

Don't Let a Youthful Mistake Stain Your Record

A DWI conviction is a misdemeanor. A misdemeanor is a criminal conviction that remains a part of your criminal record for life. It would be a shame for something that occurs as a teenager to negatively affect you years down the line. If you are under 19 at the time of the offense, then, depending on your previous criminal history, you might be eligible for youthful offender treatment.

Youthful offender treatment can be granted to someone who is under the age of 19 at the time of the commission of the offense and it is his or her first criminal conviction. If granted, a judge converts the criminal conviction to a youthful offender (YO) adjudication at the time of sentencing. This means that the record is sealed. The youthful offender can legitimately say that he or she has never been convicted of a crime, when applying for certain kinds of jobs.

Contact Me Today

Contact me to schedule a free in-office or telephone consultation. My office is conveniently located across from the Dutchess County Courthouse.