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Underage DUI

Santa Rosa Underage DUI Attorney

Aggressive DUI Defense for Drivers Under 21

If you are under 21 and were recently arrested for DUI, or if you are a parent and your son or daughter was arrested for an underage DUI, you should immediately secure legal representation from a Santa Rosa DUI lawyer. My name is Joe Bisbiglia, and as the founder of The Law Office of Joe Bisbiglia , I take underage DUI cases very seriously because I am aware of the damaging effects a conviction can have on a young person’s life and their future.

Why hire The Law Office of Joe Bisbiglia?

California’s Zero Tolerance Policy

California has strict drinking and driving laws for young drivers under the age of 21. In California, it is unlawful for a driver under 21 to drive with 0.01% or more alcohol in their system. Under California’s zero tolerance law, a young person can be convicted of DUI if they drive after having just one alcoholic drink.

Underage drivers are penalized harshly for drinking and driving because underage drinkers contribute disproportionately to the number of alcohol-related fatalities, thus the blood alcohol limit is set much lower in an effort to discourage underage drinking and driving.

Penalties for underage DUI include:

  • Up to 6 months in jail
  • Up to $2,600 in fines
  • Up to 10 month license suspension
  • Alcohol treatment program
  • Probation

Contact a Santa Rosa DUI Defense Lawyer

What many people are not aware of is that disclosure of an underage DUI conviction may be required on:

  • College applications
  • Job applications
  • Some financial aid requests

The failure to disclose a DUI conviction can result in the loss of rights and the loss of financial aid, and even charges of perjury. Additionally, a DUI conviction can affect the ability for college applicants to play on certain college sports teams and it can affect entrance into certain colleges – this is not a desirable situation.

If you or your son or daughter is facing underage DUI charges, I urge you to contact my Santa Rosa criminal defense firm to learn what types of defense strategies I would use in your case. I am on your side and I am here to help!

Have Questions?

Criminal Defense FAQ
  • I am innocent—do I still need a criminal defense attorney?
    Yes! If you have been arrested there is a chance you may be convicted, even if you truly did nothing wrong. Having a Santa Rosa criminal defense attorney from The Law Office of Joe Bisbiglia on your side can aggressively fight to protect you from false charges. An experienced attorney can make all the difference when standing up for you so your choice of representation is a very important one.
  • What is the difference between probation and parole?
    Parole takes place after a person has spent time in prison, whereas probation may be used as an actual alternative criminal sentence. Parole is usually used to monitor a person who has been released from jail. Probation is a criminal sentence for those convicted of lesser offenses.
  • How does the prosecution determine the charges I will face?
    The prosecution will look to convict you on charges they feel have sufficient evidence for a conviction. A case will typically be dropped if the prosecution feels that there is not enough evidence to reach a conviction. What constitutes enough evidence to the prosecutor is up to their discretion.
  • What is a grand jury?
    Grand juries are made up of individuals used to determine if enough evidence exists in order to take a case to trial. A grand jury will use witness testimony, documentation, and other evidence in reaching its determination. The grand jury will decide whether the case will go to trial in the end.
  • Will I be arrested for refusing to give police a statement?
    Exercising you right to silence cannot be used against you. You are protected from testifying against yourself by the Fifth Amendment. If a police officer is trying to intimidate you into giving a statement, get in touch with a criminal defense attorney immediately.


Read What My Clients Have Said About My Counsel
    “I highly recommend the Law Office of Joe Bisbiglia to any persons looking for a confident defense attorney.”
    “He is genuine and passionate about what he does and if you visit his official website you’ll see there’s a reason why he chose the profession he’s in. During my case, he was forthcoming and open about my options and made sure I was aware ”
    - Gilbert S.
    “Mr. Joe Bisbiglia is an outstanding professional.”
    “From the moment I contacted his office, I received timely, courteous and personal replies concerning every aspect of my DUI case. I was made to feel like a unique individual, not a faceless entity or case number.”
    - Joanna M.
    “I would recommend him to anyone if you are unfortunate to get a DUI.”
    “I got DUI in Santa Rosa and was recommended to use Joe. He gave a Flat fee of 2000 which was awesome compared to other lawyers who said a variable between 3500-5000.”
    - Rebecca K.
    “I have to shout to the world how grateful me and my family are to Joe Bisbiglia.”
    “Feeling hopeless and lost, Joe brought comfort for me and my family throughout our process of our business relationship. He kept us informed and was a beyond exemplary. Joe really knows his craft and also has a heart to boot.”
    - Gwenell S.
    “Mr. Bisbiglia is by far the best defense lawyer to work with in Sonoma County.”
    “His professionalism in representing me in my own personal case helped me during a time of turmoil and confusion. He truly cares about what he does and was dedicated to making sure any and all questions I had were answered in a timely manner.”
    - Ishii A.
    “BEST DEFENSE Lawyer in Sonoma county!!”
    “Joe works miracles literally my fiancé was for sure on his way to prison and he got him out of a prison twice!”
    - Ashley O.
    “His number one concern was that I was okay.”
    “I can’t express how grateful I am for Joe and his knowledge on domestic violence cases and restraining orders. Joe was always free to discuss any matters of the case I needed, and didn’t nickel and dime me through the process.”
    - Ashlee D.
    “Joe took care of it all.”
    “He is a great lawyer. Stayed communicated. He cares his human and not out just for the money.”
    - Sandra