Underage DWI

Baton Rouge Underage DWI Lawyers

Facing Underage DWI Charges in Baton Rouge, LA? We Can Fight for You!

If you or your child is facing underage DWI charges in Baton Rouge, it's essential to seek competent legal representation immediately. The consequences of an underage DWI conviction can be severe, impacting your future educational and employment opportunities, driving privileges, and even resulting in jail time. At Beall & Thies, we understand the gravity of these charges and are dedicated to providing aggressive and skilled defense for our clients facing underage DWI charges.

Call (225) 577-6223 today to set up a free case evaluation.

Underage DWI Laws in Louisiana

In Louisiana, the legal drinking age is 21, and any individual under this age caught driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.02% or higher can be charged with underage DWI. While the penalties for an underage DWI conviction are generally less severe than those for adult DWI, they can still have a significant impact on a young person's life.

A first offense carries a jail sentence between 10 days and three months or 32 hours of community service and a maximum fine of $250. A second offense or subsequent offense is punishable by a jail term ranging from 30 days to six months or 80 hours of community service, and a fine of up to $500.

However, if an underage driver's BAC is at least 0.08%, they will face the standard DWI penalties that adults face.

Contact Our Experienced Baton Rouge Underage DWI Lawyers

Our experienced team of attorneys is well-versed in Louisiana's DWI laws and the specific challenges that arise in cases involving minors. We will carefully examine the details of your case to build a robust defense strategy.

Some potential defenses for underage DWI charges may include:

  • Improper Stop: If the law enforcement officer lacked reasonable suspicion to stop your vehicle, it may be possible to challenge the validity of the stop and subsequent arrest.
  • Inaccurate BAC Test: Breathalyzer devices and blood tests are not infallible, and their results can be challenged if proper protocols were not followed or the equipment was not calibrated correctly.
  • Violation of Miranda Rights: If the police failed to inform you of your Miranda rights during the arrest, statements made during the arrest might be inadmissible in court.
  • Rising BAC Defense: We may argue that your BAC was below the legal limit at the time of driving, but it rose above the limit by the time you were tested.

We are not afraid to stand up to prosecutors and challenge the evidence presented against you. Our team will aggressively fight to protect your rights and work towards the best possible outcome.

Call (225) 577-6223 or contact us online today for a free consultation.


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    Russell W. Beall

    "Russell W. Beall is a founding partner in the Baton Rouge law firm of Beall & Thies LLC. His main emphasis of practice is on Civil Litigation including Torts, Products Liability, and Premises Liability. Russell is a frequent guest speaker at Louisiana State University Law School where he participates in the Appellate Advocacy Program and the Professionalism Orientation. He earned his B.A. degree at Louisiana State University (1998) and his J.D Louisiana State University Law School (2001). Russell is an active member of the Louisiana Association for Justice and is frequently invited to be a guest speaker at continuing legal education seminars."

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    William W. Thies

    "William W. Thies was born in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1974 moving with his family to Slidell, Louisiana at seven years of age. Mr. Thies graduated from Slidell High School in 1992. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in history and political science from Louisiana State University in 1996 and his Juris Doctorate from the Southern University Law Center in 2001. He was admitted to the Louisiana State Bar Association in May 2002. He is a member of the Baton Rouge, Louisiana, American Bar Associations, and the Louisiana Association of Justice. He is admitted to practice in all state courts, the United States District Court for the Middle and Eastern Districts of Louisiana, as well as the United States Supreme Court."

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    Jacob Thomas

    "Jacob H. Thomas is originally from the Piney Hills of North Louisiana, known for producing great litigators such as Huey P. Long as well as several other notable statesmen on the both the federal and state levels.
    Jake is a graduate of Jonesboro-Hodge High School and Northwestern State University where he was a member of the Theta Mu chapter of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity, the NSU Presidential Leadership Program, and the Inter-Fraternity Council serving as Vice President."

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    Aaron Humphreys

    "Aaron Humphreys joined Beall & Thies, LLC as an associate attorney in the fall of 2016. He was admitted to the Louisiana State Bar Association in May of 2016. Aaron is also a member of the Baton Rouge Bar Association and the Louisiana Association of Justice."

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    George Caballero

    "George G. Caballero practices general civil law and focuses on plaintiff’s personal injury, wills, and successions. George joined Beall & Thies as of counsel in 2017 after starting Caballero Law Firm in 1993. Mr. Caballero has over thirty years of experience as an attorney and has served clients in various matters ranging from business and tort litigation, business, family law, and successions.
    Mr. Caballero is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. He is a graduate of Louisiana State University and Mississippi College School of Law. Upon graduation, he immediately went into the private practice of law, practicing in both Louisiana and Mississippi."

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    Jewel “Trae” E. Welch, III

    "Trae is a lifelong resident of the Baker-Zachary area. Trae is the son of The Honorable Judge Duke Welch, currently presiding on the Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeals, and former East Baton Rouge Councilwoman, Roxson Welch. Trae is married to the former Lynn Caldwell of Tallulah, Louisiana. Together Trae and Lynn are raising their two children Quade and Vivian."

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