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Baltimore Underage DUI Lawyer

A Baltimore DUI Attorney Can Advocate for You

The legal drinking age all across the country is 21 and no one under this age (except in very few instances) is allowed to consume alcohol. Because of this, many states, Maryland included, have a "zero tolerance" policy when it comes to underage drinkers who are caught behind the wheel. The legal limit for these drivers is much shallower—but the penalties can be just as harsh as those given to older drivers for the same offense.

At The Law Office of Mark G. Scheuerman, LLC, our legal team believes that all drivers should receive every consideration they deserve before the law following a momentary lapse in judgment. This is especially true for young drivers who, with so much still ahead of them, do not need the entanglement of a criminal conviction at such a crucial period of their lives. We know what it takes to assess these cases for the grounds needed for a dismissal or reduction and can ensure your child's case is navigated to the best possible outcome.

Want to start learning your defense options? Contact our firm to speak with our skilled Baltimore DUI lawyers today.

Underage DUI Penalties in Maryland

Underage drivers are held to a strict standard when it comes to blood alcohol content. Unlike drivers 21 and older, whose limit is 0.08%, underage drivers of any BAC reading over 0.02% can be arrested for drunk driving. When they are, most of them become exposed to very same penalties older drivers are.

Penalties for underage DUI in Maryland can include:

  • Fines (including court fees)
  • Possible jail time
  • Six-month administrative license suspension
  • Alcohol treatment programs
  • Installation of an ignition interlock device

If the driver is 18 or older, they will be tried as an adult, and the judge is likely to consider penalties that would be applicable to any other accused drunk driver. If the accused is under 18, their case will be handled in juvenile court for consideration. As with other DUI cases, the penalties can worsen for repeat offenses or when there are aggravating factors (such as when a minor is present, or an accident occurs, etc.)

No matter what your child's circumstances may be, our firm can help. Our Baltimore DUI lawyers know what the court looks for in these cases and can ensure that not only will any weakness in the state's case be challenged, but that your child can face the judge with their best foot forward.

Start exploring your underage DUI defense options today. Fill out our online form to request a free and confidential case evaluation today with a DUI attorney!

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  • Professional, Compassionate and an Extremely Excellent Attorney!

    “I was arrested on a Friday night and I called Mark on Saturday morning. Mark met with me that afternoon. Throughout the MVA hearing and my trial, Mark was professional, caring and compassionate. I was facing multiple traffic violations and a 2nd DUI. Needless to say, I was scared and my future uncertain. Mark explained to me what I had to do to prepare and how he would proceed with my case. Mark always made me feel like we were on this journey together. I never felt alone. At the MVA hearing, Mark saved my license and at my trial, Mark saved my life! Mark's representation of my case was so well presented the judge reduced my charge to a PPJ with no points on my driving record. I am still in amazement what Mark was able to accomplish. Mark truly cares about his clients. He is not only an excellent attorney but a wonderful caring person. I highly recommend Mark and will utilize his law firm again should the need ever arise.”

    Jim

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    “Mark was extremely helpful. He made me feel like I was in good hands as soon as I met him. The ending results were fantastic, he worked endlessly to help me as much as he could. I highly recommend Mark to anyone in need of an attorney.”

    Tommy

  • Mark did an outstanding job with my case.

    “Mark did an outstanding job with my case. He involved all along the way but also got the optimum results for me! I can guarantee I will utilize Mark for any and all legal matters [that] may come my way!”

    Mary

  • Excellent Attorney

    “I received a speeding ticket on 95 in Baltimore recently, and I retained Mark Scheuerman to represent me in Maryland court. Mark was thorough and professional during the entire process, and secured a favorable judgement on my behalf. I highly recommend Mark and also highly recommend retaining the services of an attorney if you have been issued a speeding ticket in the State of Maryland.”

    Scott A

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    “Mark was very professional and helped me understand my situation perfectly. Also beat my case with no problem.”

    Alex