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Hinsdale Underage DUI Attorneys

DuPage County Underage DUI Lawyers

DuPage County Lawyers for Those Arrested Under the Age of 21

A drunk driving charge can be damaging for anyone as the criminal penalties and administrative consequences associated with such charges may have long-lasting effects. For a young person under the age of 21, however, being arrested for DUI related charges is especially serious. Depending on the nature of the situation, an underage DUI conviction could follow the individual for the rest of his or her life. At McMahon Law Offices, we understand the seriousness of underage DUI charges, and we are ready to help you and your child protect his or her future.

Zero Tolerance Laws in Illinois

Illinois law maintains a zero-tolerance policy regarding alcohol and those who have not yet reached the legal drinking age of 21. This means that any trace of alcohol found in the system of a person under the age of 21 can be used as the basis for DUI charges. Administrative penalties, including the statutory summary suspension of the young person's driving privileges, also apply, even if the criminal charges do not result in a conviction. The experienced attorneys at McMahon Law Offices will work closely with you, listening to your needs and explaining your available options.

A blood-alcohol content (BAC) test result of anything above 0.00 percent is likely to prompt an arrest for underage DUI, but a failed test is not necessarily required. A police officer can also arrest a driver under age 21 if the officer observes other indications of intoxication such as slurred speech, difficulty concentrating, and performance on field sobriety tests.

Underage Drugged Driving

In addition to alcohol, there are many other substances and drugs that could cause impairment behind the wheel for a person under the age of 21. DUI charges are also possible for drivers who are under the influence of marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy, or any other drug including prescription drugs. The penalties for drugged driving are just as serious as those associated with driving under the influence of alcohol.

The DUI defense attorneys at McMahon Law Offices are former prosecutors who are intimately familiar with the local criminal courts. With our background, we understand the tactics and techniques that are often against individuals charged with DUI, and especially those who under the age of 21. Depending on your age and the circumstances of your case, you may be eligible for certain relief or diversion programs, and we will help you explore your various options.

Protect Your Future

If you or your child are facing charges related to underage DUI, contact our office for immediate assistance. Call 630-953-4400 to schedule a free, confidential consultation at McMahon Law Offices today. We are proud to help individuals and families in Hinsdale, Oakbrook Terrace, Elmhurst, Westmont, Oak Brook, Addison, Lombard, Bensenville, and the rest of DuPage County, as well as in Kane County, Cook County, and Will County.

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