Underage DWI in Louisiana

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Carl Barkemeyer is an Underage DWI/DUI defense lawyer in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. If someone is under the age of 21, they are presumed to be under the influence if their BAC is .02 or above. The law is less forgiving for younger people. See below the pertinent excerpt of the Louisiana statute. If the defendant has a BAC of at least .08, that person has committed adult DWI. It doesn't matter is the said person is below 21.


Underage Driving Under the Influence

The crime of underage operating a vehicle while intoxicated is the operating of any motor vehicle, aircraft, watercraft, vessel, or other means of conveyance when the operator's blood alcohol concentration is 0.02 percent or more by weight if the operator is under the age of twenty-one based on grams of alcohol per one hundred cubic centimeters of blood.


Penalties for DWI Under 21

If some crimes are committed by underage humans, they are given a slap on the wrist, but this is not the case of DWI under 21. Louisiana state is one that doesn't take this offense lightly. It doesn't matter if you were driving under the influence and you are merely fifteen years, you will be severely punished if found guilty. This is why you need a criminal defense attorney in Louisiana that will protect your interests.

If this is your first conviction, you will be made to pay a fine of $100 $250 fine. You will also need to undergo court-approved substance abuse and driver education program. Sometimes, it could end in you spending time behind bars.

If this is your second conviction, it could end up in you paying a fine of $150 to $500 fine, a few days in jail. It could also end in a few days of community service, and substance abuse treatment and screening. You could also have a court-ordered treatment program.

Generally, this crime may not be used against underage persons. This doesn't stop the insurance company from finding out. If they find out, there is a great chance that you will have to pay more premium.

If the said crime is not sealed, it could taint your record. If a background check is run on you in the future, it could destroy a lot of opportunities for you.

A lot of companies won't want someone with a criminal record working for them. What of the scholarships? If you have a record, you could have your scholarship withdrawn. You could even be rusticated from school.

This is why you need a DWI Under 21 defense attorney in Louisiana to represent you. The attorney will analyze the case and look for different strategies for you. If you are found guilty, the attorney will try and ask that your record be sealed.

You need an attorney that has handled hundreds of similar cases and understands Louisiana state law concerning this.

Contact Carl Barkemeyer and his defense team today. We will like to hear from you.


You Can Refuse A Sobriety Test

Have you been pulled over by the police and you know that you are under the influence, it is your right to refuse a sobriety test. Normally, the officer might try to persuade you, telling you that tests are simple and you won't fail them. You have the right to stand your ground and refuse any test, be it a breathalyzer test or any observation test. Agreeing to a test can offer serious evidence against you.

If you know that you are driving under the influence under the age of 21 years, do not agree to a test. The penalties may end up being lesser because there may be little proof to show that you were actually intoxicated. If you do the test and the results show that you are intoxicated, it can be harder proving your innocence.


Contact a Louisiana Underage DWI Lawyer

Mr. Barkemeyer defends those charged with Underage DWI in Louisiana.  He understands how a DWI can negatively impact a young person's entire future.

Carl Barkemeyer has handled hundreds of DWI charges in his career. He has defended clients charged with DWI in many parishes throughout Louisiana. He knows how the various judges and prosecutors operate from south Louisiana all the way up the north Louisiana.

Importantly, he understands that current laws as they pertain to DWI in Louisiana. He will fight to protect your license, your rights, and your future.

Contact Louisiana Underage DWI Defense Attorney, Carl Barkemeyer at (225) 964-6720.

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