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Juvenile DWI Attorney in Fort Worth

What to Expect in a Juvenile DWI Case

There are several key differences between adult DWI charges and juvenile DWI charges. The biggest difference is Texas’s zero-tolerance policy for minors (anyone under the age of 21), which means that instead of the usual 0.08% BAC level requirement, a minor can be arrested and charged with DWI offenses if any alcohol is detected in his or her system.

If this is the child’s first offense, it is possible that he or she qualifies for deferred adjudication. In deferred adjudication, the minor is tried in Teen Court, wherein the prosecutor and jury are made up of volunteer teens. Juvenile defendants in Teen Court usually are sentenced to community service, counseling, and restitution.

Each case is unique, so to find out what specific charges your child may be facing, you’ll need to talk with a knowledgeable juvenile DWI attorney.

To speak to a juvenile DWI defense attorney in Fort Worth, contact Bryan Wilson, the Texas Law Hawk at (817) 440-3953 and request a free initial consultation.

Penalties for Juvenile DWI Convictions

Typically, a minor under the age of 17 with a first-time DWI offense may be penalized with:

  • A fine of up to $500
  • Driver’s license suspension from 60-180 days
  • Between 20-40 hours of community service
  • Attendance at an Alcohol Awareness meeting
  • Possible requirement of an ignition interlock device
  • Possible requirement of parent attendance at an Alcohol Awareness course

If the minor refused to submit to a chemical test, the Administrative License Revocation (ALR) Program may suspend their license for a period of 180 days to 2 years.

A minor’s second offense can be penalized with attendance at an Alcohol Awareness course and a fine of up to $500, and their community service hours and license suspension usually increase. A third offense is a felony, and the conditions of the sentencing increase even more. If the underage driver is between 17 and 21 years old, they can be sentenced with the same severity as an adult.

How Will This Affect My Child’s Future?

DWI convictions can affect your child for the rest of their life. Your child may be required to disclose his or her past convictions to certain educational institutions and employers. However, this is not always the case. Our Fort Worth juvenile DWI attorney is extensively experienced in dealing with cases similar to yours and can discuss opportunities for lesser sentencing and possible expungement with you.

Call Bryan Wilson, The Texas Hawk at (817) 440-3953 for dedicated and compassionate legal defense.

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