You Need a Skilled Defense Attorney for Your Underage DUI Charge

Serving the Areas of Providence and Warren, Rhode Island

In Rhode Island, teenagers are allowed to drive at age 16. As a result, parents can often expect the occasional speeding ticket or minor accident. Unfortunately, some teens make the decision to drive after having illegally consumed alcohol. Since the legal drinking age in Rhode Island is 21, any individual under that age will be charged with underage drinking and driving if found to be under the influence. When your teenager is facing Rhode Island underage DUI charges, it is crucial that you retain qualified counsel to defend their future and their reputation.

Our Rhode Island criminal defense lawyers have the experience and knowledge to step in and fight on your child’s behalf. Our Rhode Island DUI attorneys aggressively defend underage drivers charged with DUI. We take the time to explain the potential legal consequences of a conviction, all of your teenager’s legal options and the best possible defenses in your teenager’s case.

Don’t wait another minute to pursue counsel! Contact our firm at (401) 245-5100.

Teenagers & DUIs in Rhode Island

Under Rhode Island General Law § 31-27-2(d)(7)(i), teens under the age of 18 can face serious charges as a result of drinking and driving. Underage DUI carries severe penalties that could impact your child’s future. Below, you can find an outline of the penalties.

First Offense:

  • $500 fine
  • License suspension for 3 to 18 months
  • 10 to 60 hours community service
  • Mandatory driving school and / or alcohol treatment program

Second Offense & Subsequent Violations:

  • Up to 1 year at the Rhode Island Training School
  • $500 fine
  • Mandatory license suspension until age 21

Defending Young Adults Facing DUI & DWI

Rhode Island also has harsh DUI laws for young adults between the ages of 18 and 21. For these individuals, the legal limit is .02 rather than the adult standard of .08. Therefore, young adults can be charged with “driving while impaired” if a chemical test determines that their blood alcohol concentration was at least .02% but less than .08% by weight. This lower legal limit is easy to meet and can trigger serious legal consequences.

First Offense:

  • Fines reaching up to $250
  • License suspension of 1 to 3 months with driving school and treatment program
  • 30 hours community service

Second Offense:

  • Fines of up to $250
  • $300 highway safety assessment
  • Up to 60 hours of community service
  • License suspension of 3 to 6 months
  • Attendance at a special course in driving while intoxicated
  • Attendance at an alcohol and / or drug treatment program

Protect Your Child’s Future—Call Us

Minors charged with DUI face a unique set of consequences. With their reputation, educational career, and future employment on the line, you should contact an experienced Rhode Island criminal defense lawyer at our firm right away. Abilheira Law, LLC has offices in both Providence and Warren, and serves clients throughout Rhode Island. We can help guide your loved one through the complex DUI process while keeping you informed of their rights and defense options every step of the way.

Reach out to us today at (401) 245-5100 or fill out a free case evaluation.