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Experienced Drunk Driving Underage Defense Lawyer in Chicago and Illinois

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has reported that teenagers have a much higher risk of death from an alcohol-related accident than any other age group. There is a zero tolerance policy in Illinois in regards to drinking and driving for those under 21. Any violation of drinking underage combined with driving a motorized vehicle will most likely results in immediate and severe penalties.   A DUI conviction can become part of your permanent criminal record, which is why you want experienced DUI defense attorney James Shapiro to help you with your case.

If you are arrested for any traffic violation, and it is found that there is a trace of alcohol in your system, you will have your driving privileges suspended for 3 months. If you refuse alcohol testing, you will receive a 6 month suspension. If this is your second offense, you will have your driving privileges suspended for 12 months or 24 months if you refuse testing. If you are under 18 years old, you will be required to take a remedial education course for drivers and you will also need to have a new driver’s license examination in order to get your license.

DUI Convictions for Underage Drivers

If you are underage and are convicted of a DUI, you may need to serve up to one year in prison and pay a fine of up to $2,500. You may also be required to go to attend a youthful intoxicated driver’s program. You will have your driving privileges suspended for at least two years. If you have multiple DUI convictions, there will be more harsh consequences.

There are times that a DUI charge can be resolved successfully during negotiations or at trial. James Shapiro can help you to understand what penalties you may be facing and will work to protect your legal rights and help you to obtain the best possible outcome.

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If you have questions regarding your DUI defense, contact me today for a free case review at (312) 782-4615 or email


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