Teenagers are especially prone to charges of DUI, and not entirely without reason. Adolescence is a time of experimentation and frequent parties, and putting such a social life together with new driving privileges can be a combustible combination. Today here in Chicago, teenagers account for a disproportionate percentage of DUI accidents, and the number is only going up. But every DUI charge levied against a teenager in Chicago should not automatically be considered credible under the law, and you can mount an effective defense if you work with an experienced attorney.
DUI Testing Explained
Chemical testing lies at the heart of DUI law here in Chicago, meaning the police will attempt to secure a measure of the teenager's blood alcohol content (BAC) at the scene. Countless judgments and considerable national precedent have thrown the accuracy of such devices into doubt, however, and today many courts will only consider such evidence if it is supported by strong police testimony. Here we run into a second problem – police are human beings as well, and prone to mistakes just like anyone else. The simple truth is that it can be difficult to make a DUI charge stick on a minor with no prior record unless the circumstantial evidence is overwhelming.
Win Your Case
Winning a DUI case involving a teenager is hardly an easy proposition, but one sure way to lose is to go it alone. Ally yourself with an experienced attorney who works frequently with issues of teenagers and the law, and you could emerge victorious. If you or a teenager you know has been charged with driving under the influence and you feel the charge may not have been fair, Klest Injury Law Firm can help you seek a more equitable solution. Please contact us through our contact form, or feel free to call us anytime at 866-264-7639.