DWI: Adults vs. Minors in El Paso Tx

1091826_19907901Every year, people in El Paso are charged with Driving While Intoxicated (DWI). Understanding the differences between the consequences as an adult offender versus being charged as a minor is important. Ultimately, a DWI attorney will be able to explain in detail what may be expected by those convicted.


In order to be charged as an adult for a DWI, a person will be at least 21 years old. The blood alcohol concentration level is measured as a way of determining intoxication. BAC convicting a person of a DWI will be at 0.08% for the driver. Commercial drivers will be found violating BAC limits if 0.04% is measured in the persons system. What you may expect:

·        Driver license suspension for first time offense

·        Probation

·        Mandatory attendance of an educational program on alcohol:

Program will require a completion within a mandatory amount of time or else license may be revoked. Program requirements may be flexible depending on the judge.


Any person under the age of 21 is considered a minor. There is a zero tolerance policy for minors driving while intoxicated. Having a DWI attorney is the best way for a minor to receive legal counsel and representation. They may expect consequences such as:

·        Suspension of driver license for one year

·        Required 12 hour completion of an alcohol education program

·        Possibility of an interlock device for ignition decided by judge

When searching for a DWI attorney, seek one that is experienced and highly knowledge regarding how the offense will affect the persons record, and how to prevent any such charges from occurring again. El Paso County experience a multitude of deaths each year due to the negligence of intoxicated adults or minors. It is sad reality but there is legal help available. A DWI attorney will help guide a person through the legal system and try and find the best options for their client. Unfortunately these cases are common, but thankfully DWI attorneys are experts at handling them.

If you or someone you know in El Paso needs the assistance of a DWI attorney, do not hesitate to contact Aranda Law Firm at (915) 996-9914 (TX) or (575) 386-5100 (NM). Their office is located at 2507 N. Stanton El Paso, Texas 79902.