We Help Young Drivers Overcome Underage DWI Charges
At the Law Office of Matthew J. Davenport, we help drivers under 21 resolve underage DWI or DUI charges. If you have been arrested for drinking and driving before your 21st birthday, contact us in Greenville to learn how you can benefit from the representation of a skilled defense lawyer.
North Carolina enforces a zero tolerance policy for underage DWI
For a driver under 21, any measurable blood alcohol concentration (BAC) can lead to a conviction on what's known as provisional DWI. Unlike other states, where .02 percent is the minimum alcohol level to support a conviction, North Carolina law allows a provisional DWI charge to proceed on any evidence of drinking while driving. Even an arresting officer's description of the smell of alcohol, slurred speech and other characteristics of intoxication can support a conviction.
Greenville criminal defense attorney Matt Davenport represents many youthful DWI and provisional DWI defendants, and knows how to develop and present an effective defense. Especially for first offenders, there are many ways to avoid the consequences of a conviction, which include a one-year license suspension.
Our proactive approach to your defense can make all the difference
As a former prosecutor responsible for training police officers and district attorneys about DWI procedures and trial practice, Matt Davenport has a thorough understanding of what it takes to make a DWI case stick and what you have to do to defeat it. In underage DWI or DUI cases, the best approach will often be to demonstrate that you have learned from the experience of a drunk driving arrest.
Our law firm can show you exactly what to do to protect your driver's license, your criminal record and your academic standing if you have been arrested for provisional DWI or minor in possession of alcohol. To learn more about our approach to underage DWI and DUI defense, contact the Law Office of Matthew J. Davenport in Greenville.