The Hoffman Firm The Hoffman Firm

Underage DUI Defense Lawyer in Miami

Representing Minors in Fort Lauderdale

No person is allowed to operate a motor vehicle within Florida while he or she is under the influence of alcoholic beverages, and individuals under 21 years of age are prohibited from possessing or consuming alcoholic beverages. Florida considers itself a “zero tolerance” state when it comes to DUI offenses, and minors can be arrested for DUI even when they have a blood alcohol concentration below the legal limit for adults.

Any arrest has the potential to dramatically impact the life of a minor, but underage DUI offenses can often cause several additional complications. Minors can face traditional DUI charges and stiffer penalties in adult criminal court when they are accused of having a BAC of 0.08 or higher.

If you or your child was arrested anywhere in Broward County for an alleged underage DUI offense, it is in your best interest to seek legal representation right away. Turn to the Miami underage DUI defense attorney at The Hoffman Firm.

Schedule your free consultation today by calling 305-928-1669 if your case is out of Miami, 954-737-3004 if your case is out of Broward County, or contacting us online.

What Is the "Zero Tolerance" Policy?

Law enforcement officials patrol Florida roadways seeking out underage drinkers that get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol. To strengthen law enforcement's effort to persecute underage drinkers, the "zero tolerance" policy was established.

Under the zero tolerance law, any person under the age of 21 driving a vehicle with a BAC of 0.02 or above will automatically have their license suspended for a six months.

However, if the person under the age of 21 initially refused to comply with chemical testing to determine their BAC or if they have a prior DUI conviction, their license will automatically be suspended for a one year.

Administrative Suspension for Drivers under 21

Persons under the age of 21 can lawfully be detained by law enforcement and subjected to chemical testing to determine their blood alcohol concentration under certain circumstances.

Florida Statute 322.2616 permits law enforcement to detain a person under the age of 21 and request them to submit to testing to determine their BAC if the following requirements are met:

  • The driver is under the age of 21
  • The driver was driving or in physical control of the vehicle
  • The law enforcement officer has probable cause to believe the driver consumed alcohol

Underage DUI Penalties in Florida

Driving while intoxicated is treated as a serious criminal offense in Florida. As such, a DUI conviction can impose severe consequences for a person under the age of 21.

Some of the penalties for an underage DUI at a BAC of 0.08 or above include:

  • Up to six months in jail
  • Up to a $1,000 fine
  • Ignition interlock installed for a minimum of six months
  • Mandatory completion of 50 hours of community service
  • Vehicle impounded
  • Probation up to one year

As with most crimes in Florida, the circumstances of a person's arrest can substantially affect the crime they are charged with, whether the offense is a misdemeanor or felony offense, and the penalties the person could face.

Factors that enhance an underage DUI offense include:

  • Property damage
  • Breath or blood test registered BAC at 0.15 or above
  • DUI with a minor in the vehicle
  • DUI involving personal injury
  • DUI involving serious bodily injury to another
  • DUI resulting in the death of another

Protecting Your Future After an Underage DUI

Being charged with an underage DUI can have serious consequences that can impact your future. It's important to have a skilled and experienced attorney on your side to protect your rights and advocate for the best possible outcome. At The Hoffman Firm, our team understands the complexities of underage DUI cases and is dedicated to providing aggressive defense for minors in Miami and Fort Lauderdale.

Our Miami underage DUI defense services include:

  • Legal representation in court
  • Negotiating with prosecutors for reduced charges
  • Fighting to minimize the impact on your driving record
  • Exploring alternative sentencing options
  • Guidance through the administrative suspension process

Don't let an underage DUI derail your future. Contact The Hoffman Firm today to discuss your case and learn how we can help protect your rights and future opportunities.

Reach Out to The Hoffman Firm

Were you or your child recently arrested for an underage DUI offense? You should avoid making any kind of statement to authorities without legal counsel. The experienced Miami underage DUI attorney at Hoffman Firm can fight to help you achieve the most favorable possible outcome.

Call (305) 928-1669, if you are in Miami, 954-737-3004 if your case is out of Broward County, now and schedule your free case consultation.

Why Should You Hire The Hoffman Firm? Here Are a Few Reasons:

  • Client-Focused Representation
    Our Firm is dedicated to client satisfaction. We are available 24/7 to help those in need.
  • Decades of Experience
    Attorney Evan Hoffman has over two decades of experience fighting for the accused.
  • Premier Criminal Defense Firm
    Experienced Attorney Evan Hoffman has handled some of the most high profile and complex cases.
  • Proven Track Record
    Client satisfaction is our top priority. At The Hoffman Firm we take great pride in our success and case victories.
  • Florida Former State Prosecutor
    Attorney Evan Hoffman has extensive knowledge of the strategies used by prosecutors throughout Florida.
  • Free Initial Consultation
    We offer free initial consultations to ensure that we have your best interests in mind.


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