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Minor Charged with a DWI


A minor being charged with a DWI is a serious matter in the state of New York. A minor for a DWI is an individual under the legal drinking age of 21. They can be charged for a DWI if their Blood Alcohol Level reaches 0.02, 0.06 percent lower than the legal limit for an individual 21 and older. The legal procedures and sentencing processes differ for minors and adults varying on New York statutes. If you would like to challenge a minor’s DWI, contact the office of experienced New York DWI attorney, Mark Panzavecchia, for a personalized defense strategy.


What Happens When a Minor is Pulled Over?


If an individual under the age of 21 is suspected to be driving under the influence of alcohol, they will be required to perform sobriety tests generally issued to adults. A breathalyzer will more than likely be issued, and the minor will be asked to complete both standardized and non-standardized sobriety tests.


If the minor agrees to perform the breathalyzer test, the police officer is given the legal right to take the minor into custody if the breathalyzer posts a Blood Alcohol Level of 0.02 or above.


When the minor is released to a parent or guardian, they are charged for their offense. They receive a basic minimum penalty, and can be given additional penalties based on prior history of DWIs, their Blood Alcohol Level, and other matters. Legal representation from an experienced DWI attorney would likely result in a lower sentence and suspension of license.


Having a DWI attorney can change the entire outcome for a minor’s DWI charge. A minor can be charged as seriously and severely as a regular adult, and with a proper defense strategy, an attorney can lessen their punishment. Attorney Mark Panzavecchia offers great legal representation in New York for DWI issuances. Your minor will be represented with a personal and professional strategy. Contact our law office for a free consultation at 1-888-LAW-2204.

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Mark Panzavecchia serves as legal counsel for the New York Latino Police Officers Association

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