Young drivers need an especially zealous legal representation to avoid the serious consequences of the state’s zero tolerance policy for drivers 21 and under. The zero tolerance policy states that any driver 21 years old or younger that has had the equivalent of even a single drink can be charged with DUI. If you are 21 or under and have a blood alcohol content of .02 or greater, you will face an automatic driver’s license suspension of 6 months. In addition, the driver will be faced with dramatically higher car insurance rates that could double or triple their already high monthly premiums.
It is particularly important to challenge many aspects of a DUI arrest when it involves someone 21 or younger.
In order to be suspected of DUI, the police first must have a reasonable suspicion in order to pull the motorist over. May times the police will cite erratic driving, but erratic driving can be caused by many factors. Younger drivers tend to text and drive and that is usually the cause of the erratic driving, not the alleged use of alcohol.
Another aspect of a DUI arrest that needs to be investigated is the condition of the breath testing equipment that is being used to register blood alcohol content. If the breathalyzer has not been calibrated as to the specific manufacturer’s requirements, results at levels as low as.02 can be called into question. Also, if a person is taking prescription medication for an existing condition, the drugs can cause the machine to produce a false reading.
Just because you have been pulled over and charged with DUI doesn’t mean that you are guilty. Younger people especially need to fight for their rights as a DUI on one’s record can lead to diminished economic opportunities and higher insurance premiums. Let Jacksonville DUI attorney Malcolm Anthony fight for you today.