Pittsburgh Underage DUI Defense Lawyer

Defending Clients Against Underage Drinking ChargesDUI

A drunk driving charge is not something to ignore or dismiss as unimportant. At my Pittsburgh law firm, the Law Office of Michael J. Lorence, I defend college students and others charged with driving under the influence (DUI). I help them obtain dismissal of such charges or fight to reduce the penalties.

Pennsylvania Underage Drinking Law

"A minor (person under 21 years of age) shall not drive, operate or be in physical control of a motor vehicle while having any alcohol in his/her system. A person who violates this section commits a summary offense ..." — Pennsylvania Vehicle Code Section 3718

Investigating the Charges Against You

People who have been charged with a DUI find that I am a fierce advocate for justice. DUI charges are not as straightforward as they may seem. I investigate the traffic stop, visit the scene and make sure that law enforcement personnel followed correct procedures when arresting and charging my client. I determine whether the equipment used to test a driver's blood alcohol content was correctly calibrated. I ensure that my client received the proper Miranda warnings about self-incrimination. In other words, I make sure the police followed the law.

A DUI conviction can limit a person's ability to obtain certain jobs or internships and financial aid. It is worth calling my law firm about the options and alternatives available. There is a lot at stake.

Experienced Lawyer Defending College Students and Others Against DUI Charges

I defend college students who are attending a college or university in the area, including students at:

  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Duquesne University
  • Carlow College
  • Chatham College
  • Point Park University
  • Allegheny County Community College
  • Beaver County Community College

Many students at these institutions are from other states or countries. Their parents seek local legal representation to prevent their children from acquiring a criminal record while pursuing a degree. I can mount a vigorous defense for college students charged with underage drinking. With more than 15 years of experience as an attorney, I know how to help.

I have been able to help clients reduce or avoid the penalties for charges such as underage drinking and driving, or driving on a license that was suspended or revoked for underage DUI. I also represent clients facing DUI charges involving refusal to take chemical or Breathalyzer tests. I provide aggressive representation that seeks reduced penalties and points or dismissal of the charges.

Penalties for DUI in Pennsylvania

DUIs in Pennsylvania are complex and depend on the percentage of alcohol in the blood (BAC), the age of the driver, the number of previous convictions for DUI and other circumstances. Penalties can include jail, probation, fines, alcohol highway safety school, substance abuse treatment, license suspension or revocation, installation of a required ignition interlock device, and a criminal record.

To learn how I defend clients against DUI charges, contact my Pittsburgh underage DUI defense law firm at 412-325-8090.

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Attorney Michael J. Lorence practices employment law and assists underage drivers charged with DUI in Pennsylvania cities such as Pittsburgh, Aliquippa, Carrick, Bridgeville, Gibsonia, Robinson Twp, Meadville, McKeesport, Monroeville, Wexford, Oakland, Shadyside, Squirrel Hill, Baldwin, Washington, New Castle, Warren, Waynesburg, and counties that include Allegheny County, Washington County, Beaver County, Westmoreland County, Fayette County, Armstrong County, Butler County, Greene County, Lawrence County, Venango County, and Erie County.