In Phoenix, as well as the rest of the United States, it is against the law for a person under the age of 21 to consume alcohol and get behind the wheel of a vehicle - even if they have had less than half a drink. The law is the law, and it is simply illegal to purchase, steal or consume alcohol under the age of 21. Police officers are especially strict and harsh on any minor or underage individual who they believe is driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If your child has been wrongly accused of
DUI, please call the
Phoenix criminal defense lawyer at our office immediately.
Even though statistics show that DUI Task Force activities do not have a statistically significant impact on apprehending underage drinkers, thousands of minor drivers are arrested or underage DUI every year in Arizona. When an overzealous officer pulls over a teen or underage driver on suspicion of drunk driving, they will do anything they can to obtain a conviction to "teach a lesson." They may fail to follow certain steps according to protocol, and obtain insufficient evidence that they believe will not be challenged.
Has your child been arrested for underage DUI?
In order to avoid conviction for an underage DUI, it is important to investigate the circumstances that have led to the arrest in the first place. First, our team will start by examining the initial police stop. Was it lawful? We will meticulously examine all evidence and talk to witnesses to determine if the initial police stop was in fact lawful or due to another reason. Secondly, we will look at the field sobriety test and any breath or
blood tests that were administered. As every person's body and mind function differently, different outcomes will result from these tests whether a person is sober or under the influence of a mind-altering substance. A sober driver pulled over for DUI may be so nervous that he or she fails a balance test and is deemed drunk by the officer.
It is our duty to help reveal the truth in matters such as these. At Suzuki Law Offices, we will leave no stone unturned in our investigation to truly understand the events that took place on the night of your arrest. Whether you are facing your first DUI offense or you already have
multiple DUI convictions on your record, our team will work quickly to help you try to find a positive result in this unfortunate situation.