Defending Minors Charged With DUI and Underage Drinking
If you minor child is stopped for DUI, there can be serious and long-lasting consequences. There is the practical concern that a DUI conviction will almost certainly result in lengthy license suspension, making it hard for your child to get to school or work. Your child's insurance rates will probably skyrocket. There is also the serious impact that a criminal record can have on your child's education.
A conviction for drug crimes can make your minor child ineligible for some forms of college financial aid, like PELL grants. Also, many schools have a zero-tolerance policy regarding alcohol and drug-related offenses—including underage drinking and driving and minor in possession of alcohol (MIP)—meaning that your child could be suspended or expelled.
The consequences of a minor DUI, MIP or underage drinking (minor in consumption or MIC) arrest can depend on your child's age at the time. If under the age of 18, MIP cases are generally sent to diversion in juvenile court. If over 18, your child will face charges in district court.
If your minor child has been arrested for DUI or underage drinking, call our offices at 206-621-8777 or our 24-hour help line at 206-660-6200.
The good news is that in most cases, these charges are easily dealt with by an experienced lawyer who understands how the courts work in minor DUI and underage drinking cases. Seattle criminal defense attorney Steve Karimi has extensive experience representing minors who have been charged in juvenile courts and in municipal, district and superior courts in King, Snohomish, Skagit, Whatcom, Thurston, and Kittitas counties in Washington State.
Attorney Karimi has been successful at beating minor DUI, MIP and MIC charges in all courts. Attorney Karimi is well versed in the latest case law that supports your child's civil rights and right to privacy. To discuss your case in a free and confidential consultation, please call our offices in Seattle at 206-660-6200. You can contact us by e-mail now to schedule an appointment. The Law Offices of Steve Karimi also handles cases involving adults charged with furnishing alcohol to a minor.