- July 9, 2010
- Santa Barbara Traffic Attorney Ken Hallum
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Drinking and Driving under 21
What chance do I have to win? I’m underage, was drinking, then was driving and now I’ve been arrested. This is a common question which so many underage drivers have. However, you have the legal right to a proper defense and you have every chance of winning your case. However, you must be aware that the penalties for driving under the influence when you are under 21 years of age are more severe. The legal Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) for under 21 drivers is also much stricter, ranging between .01% to .05% as opposed to .08% for adults, depending on the circumstances on how the blood alcohol level was taken. Penalties range from immediate suspension of driving privileges for several months up to one year if convicted.
There are so many aspects to a DUI charge and case that if reviewed by a knowledgeable and competent attorney can act in your favor and be part of your best defense. It really depends on the seriousness of your charges, as well as the chosen strategy. There is no doubt that a DUI charge for someone under the age of 21 is a serious matter and that is why Defense Attorney Ken Hallum personally handles every aspect and detail of every case he deals with. In many cases, he can appear on your behalf in court, if you waive your appearance.
Mr. Hallum will review every last detail of your case to find any discrepancies in the manner it was handled. Sometimes the evidence can “seem” overwhelming. That is even more reason to retain a competent and knowledgeable DUI defense attorney, one who is dedicated strictly to DUI defense in order to make sure that every possible issue and defense is explored before you contemplate accepting any kind of offer or plead guilty.
There is a possibility that even a first DUI conviction in California will result in some jail time. Most counties in California have implemented a mandatory minimum jail sentence of 48 hours. This is why it is so important to work with a DUI defense attorney you can trust; who will fight to help you avoid a conviction. An experienced skilled DUI lawyer may be able to keep you out of jail and resolve your case in a favorable manner avoiding maximum penalties and possibly jail time at all.
An Aggressive, Personal Santa Barbara DUI Defense Lawyer
Ken Hallum is an aggressive and knowledgeable criminal defense attorney. Having been a police officer for 22 years which included a DUI unit and court assignment, he is well versed in this area of the law. His main focus is most exclusively on driving under the influence defense in California.
Mr. Hallum doesn’t depend on secretaries or paralegals to work on various aspects of your case. He will personally work with you and prepare your case. He provides an intimate legal relationship with every one of his clients. Mr. Hallum takes great pride and care with every DUI case that he works with which will give you the confidence you need at a time like this.
Are you under 21 and have been charged with a DUI/Drunk Driving Arrest? Contact Attorney Ken Hallum for a free initial consultation.