Being a good driver is no defense against a DUI. Many people, especially young people, believe that if they drive well, even after consuming alcohol, that they don’t have to worry about getting a DUI. The truth is that your driving skills often have nothing to do with whether or not you are targeted for a DUI stop. This is because York County Police officers have many different ways of deciding when and where to pull you over if they suspect you may be guilty of an underage DUI.
Even if you’re driving well, you could be pulled over and forced to undergo a DUI evaluation. You could be stopped at a drunk driving checkpoint, pulled over for traffic violations not related to your driving, or be pulled over for minor traffic offenses that police might (under normal circumstances) ignore. These police tactics are just a few of the tactics that any experienced York County underage DUI lawyer is familiar with addressing and defending.
Not driving with alcohol in your blood is the only 100% effective way to avoid a DUI
The best way to avoid a York County underage DUI is to not drink at all within a few hours of driving. Pennsylvania doesn’t allow drivers under the age of 21 to have any alcohol in their blood while driving. Even one drink within a couple of hours of driving could put underage drivers in danger of getting a DUI.
More than one drink could lead to genuine intoxication. If you experience any of the following symptoms (especially after consuming alcohol) you should never get behind the wheel of a vehicle.
- Blurred vision or double vision
- Dizziness, nausea, or vertigo
- Slurred speech
- Trouble keeping your balance or walking in a straight line
- Bloodshot eyes
- Difficulty with simple manual tasks such as opening doors, unlocking your vehicle, or writing
- Trouble sitting upright
Any one of these symptoms of intoxication should be seen as an important sign that you are not able to legally drive. If you experience any of the symptoms above, you should find another way to get to your destination.
If you are charged with underage DUI, an experienced York County underage DUI lawyer can help
There’s no denying that the Pennsylvania legal system can be tough to navigate. Relying on the help of an overworked public defender or trying to defend yourself against underage DUI charges can lead to negative outcomes.
I’ve been practicing law for 25 years. I know all the ins and outs of underage DUI law and I am passionate about defending my clients against any charges they face. If you’ve been charged with an underage DUI, contact me today for a free initial consultation.