Carmel Underage DWI Lawyer
Trusted Representation in Putnam & Westchester Counties
The laws for drinking and driving in the state of New York are different for drivers under the age of 21. There are increased penalties for DWI and driving after consuming any amount of alcohol is against the law for underage motorists. The Law Office of Keith R. Murphy serves as a highly skilled Carmel underage DWI attorney throughout the Putnam County area.
Enhanced Penalties for Minor Drivers
New York law prohibits underage drivers from driving after consuming alcohol, even when the Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) is under the legal limit. The state’s underage driving per se law is used to charge underage motorists with a blood-alcohol content of .02% or greater, regardless of ability to safely operate the vehicle. This charge is not handled by a criminal court, but in a hearing by the Department of Motor Vehicles and decided by a DMV commissioner. Penalties for DWI per se may include a fine and six-month license suspension.
Criminal charges for DWI in New York are possible for drivers with a BAC of .08% or higher and any extent of impairment by drugs, alcohol, or both. Drivers under the age of 21 with a BAC that exceeds the legal limit face even higher penalties than adult drivers in underage DWI cases.
Penalties for underage motorists may include:
- A one year driver’s license suspension
- The full period of suspension remains, even with the Impaired Driver Program
- One year license suspension and $500 fine for refusal to take a BAC test
- A second offense can result in license suspension until the age of 21
Legal Representation for Underage Drivers
When an underage person is charged with DWI or DWI per se, it is important to contact an attorney with specific knowledge in this area of law. Keith R. Murphy represents clients charged with Carmel underage DWI. Legal representation is tailored to the specifics of the case to meet the needs of each client.
Contact The Law Office of Keith R. Murphy today at (845) 584-7033 for a free consultation with a Putnam County DUI lawyer.