Hundreds of peoples’ lives are ruined every year due to underage DUI convictions. These convictions often happen because the person who has been charged failed to get an experienced underage DUI lawyer to defend them. Pennsylvania has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to underage drinking and driving. For drivers under the age of 21, this rule will result in them losing their license if they drive any vehicle while having any alcohol in their system.
One of the best ways to avoid underage DUI charges is to never get pulled over in the first place.
You should never drink and drive. There are dozens of different ways to get home, such as taxis, friends, ridesharing services, and public transportation. But if you do decide to drive after drinking even a small amount of alcohol you should be extra cautious in your driving.
Police officers are very good at their jobs. They use a variety of techniques to spot drivers that may be intoxicated. If they suspect that you have been drinking, they have a number of ways in which they can justify pulling over suspected underage drunk drivers in Philadelphia County. To avoid being pulled over, there are a variety of precautions drivers can take:
- Never drive erratically – Erratic driving such as swerving, rolling through stop signs and running stop lights are huge red flags for police officers on the hunt for drunk drivers. If you notice that you can’t control your vehicle due to how much alcohol you’ve consumed you should immediately pull your vehicle over to a safe place and find an alternative way to get to your destination.
- Always obey the speed limit – This one’s pretty self-explanatory. Don’t go too fast or too slow. Always stay within a few miles per hour of the speed limit.
- Use your blinkers – When changing lanes, always use your indicators.
These are just a few tips to keep yourself from being pulled over, but there are several other ways a police officers can justify a traffic stop. I encourage you to always make a strong effort to fully comply with all traffic laws.
If the worst does happen and you are arrested and charged with an underage DUI, it is critical that you get a lawyer who knows underage DUI law and who knows Philadelphia County. Between my years of experience with DUI trials and my knowledge of the technical aspects of DUI prosecutions, I help my clients build incredibly effective legal defenses. Reach out to me today so that I can help you fight for your rights.