Facing Underage DUI Charges In Columbia?

There may be serious penalties if you or your child is facing drunk or drugged driving charges in Missouri. The law clearly outlines the possible outcomes for a conviction.

According to the Missouri revised statutes:

311.325. 1. Any person under the age of 21 years, who purchases or attempts to purchase, or has in his or her possession any intoxicating liquor...or who is visibly in an intoxicated condition...has a detectable blood alcohol content of more than two-hundredths of one percent or more by weight of alcohol in such person's blood is guilty of a misdemeanor. A first violation of this section shall be punishable by a fine not to exceed three hundred dollars. A second or subsequent violation of this section shall be punishable by imprisonment in the county jail for a term not to exceed one year and/or a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars.

In addition to the seriousness of the initial punishment accompanying underage DWI/DUI, these charges can have a substantial impact on a minor's lifestyle and convenience in addition to his or her educational and career opportunities. To make things even more complicated, the University of Missouri has begun charging students with minor in possession of intoxicants by consumption, meaning you can be charged with possession simply by failing a sobriety test.

The upside of how scant the evidence needs to be to get charged is the fact that a skilled lawyer can often show the flaws in it. At The Copeland Law Firm, we work to expose any weaknesses of the prosecution's case against you.

Central Missouri Underage DWI Defense Attorney Serving All Mid-Missouri Counties

Mr. Copeland has more than 25 years of experience in complex felony and misdemeanor DWI cases, and he is able to examine the officer's report and any video evidence and cross-examine officers and other witnesses to ensure that all of the prosecution's evidence stands up to scrutiny and that your constitutional rights were not violated. He can also call into question toxicology and whether or not field sobriety tests and other evidence collection methods were correctly undertaken.

The more tenuous the case against you, the more likely it is Mr. Copeland will be able to get the case dismissed outright. It is critical, however, to protect yourself and not to waive any of your rights unnecessarily. We urge you to contact us as soon as possible if you are dealing with an underage DWI/DUI issue.

To discuss any aspect of underage drunk driving with a Columbia underage DWI/DUI attorney, call 573-397-5277 or e-mail the firm.