West Chester, PA 19380
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Lee Ciccarelli is the founder and managing partner of Ciccarelli Law Offices with over two decades experience as a practicing attorney.
Joshua Tebay is an experienced attorney and former prosecutor licensed to practice in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Michael E. Houghton brings both passion and enthusiasm to criminal defense through his extensive knowledge and experience.
Timothy Kraeer is a highly experienced traffic attorney who handles related criminal and civil matters across the state.
Since 1992, Ann has been advocating for her clients both in and out of tough courtrooms of Philadelphia, which has cultivated her craft.
David Strenfel is a highly experienced attorney who focuses on trial advocacy, constitutional law, and criminal defense.
Jonathon Luff has successfully represented countless clients and gain freedom for many wrongfully accused individuals.
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Pennsylvania has a Zero Tolerance law for motorists who are younger than 21 years of age, meaning any amount of alcohol in an underage driver’s system constitutes a criminal offense. Furthermore, a minor may be charged with driving under the influence (DUI) if he or she has a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.02 percent or more.
If a person under the age of 21 is convicted of DUI, it can have a profound impact on his or her life. In addition to possible imprisonment, fines, and insurance ramifications, this charge will also lead to a criminal record that can dramatically alter a minor’s future employment and education.
Were you or your child recently charged with DUI in Pennsylvania? Prosecutors and judges will look to send messages to alleged offenders who are under the age of 21.
The Chester County underage DUI attorneys of Ciccarelli Law Offices fight to achieve the most favorable outcomes for minors facing these charges in West Chester and such surrounding areas as West Caln, Easttown, Coatesville, Phoenixville, and West Goshen. We will provide a free, no obligation consultation to review your case and discuss your legal options as soon as you call (610) 719-3200 today.
There are multiple laws under Title 75 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes that deal with minors operating motor vehicles while under the influence of alcohol. The criminal charges an underage driver would face depend entirely on his or her BAC.
The Commonwealth’s Zero Tolerance law is enforced under 75 Penn. Cons. Stat. § 3718, which states that a minor who drives, operates, or us in physical control of a motor vehicle while having any alcohol in his or her system commits summary offense. However, 75 Penn. Cons. Stat. § 3802(e) makes it such that any motorist under 21 who has a BAC of 0.02 percent or higher is charged with DUI.
Ordinarily, DUI crimes are classified under one of three tiers, depending on the BAC. Whereas motorists who are of legal age need to have a BAC of at least 0.10 percent to be classified as having a high rate of alcohol, however, a minor is subject to this classification if he or she has a BAC of 0.02 percent.
If a minor had a BAC higher than 0.00 percent but less than 0.02 percent, then he or she will be charged with a summary offense punishable by a fine of $100.If the BAC was 0.02 percent or higher, then the criminal charge of underage DUI can be much more serious.
Alleged offenders who are under the age of 18 will be punished under Pennsylvania’s Juvenile Act, often resulting in being ordered to pay a fine and serving a term of probation. However, those who are at least 18 but less than 21 years of age can face the following punishments:
It is important to keep in mind that if an underage driver’s BAC exceeds 0.08 percent, he or she can be subject to the same penalties as adult drivers charged with DUI.
When a minor has been charged with a drunk driving crime in Pennsylvania, there is a good chance that he or she will face additional charges for other offenses. These other crimes may be used for leverage by prosecutors in plea bargaining negotiations, but they can also lead to additional fines or other consequences.
Some of the other crimes that alleged underage DUI offenders may be charged with can include:
If you or your child has been charged with being a minor who was operating while under the influence in Pennsylvania, you will want to be sure to have proficient legal representation for help in obtaining the best possible outcome to your criminal case. Ciccarelli Law Offices has offices in Radnor, Plymouth Meeting, Kennett Square, West Chester, Lancaster, Philadelphia, King of Prussia, and Malvern.
We fight to defend clients in Chester County, Philadelphia County, Delaware County, Lancaster County, and Montgomery County. Call (610) 719-3200 to have our Chester County underage DUI attorneys review your own case during a free, confidential consultation.