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3 Do’s and Don'ts if Your Child Was Arrested for Underage DUI

Written by: Doug Ridley

Protecting Your Child’s Rights After an Arrest for Driving Under the Influence

California has a zero-tolerance law for underage drinking and driving. Pursuant to California Vehicle Code 23136, it is unlawful for a person under the age of 21 to drive with a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.01% or higher. If your child has been arrested for an alcohol-related offense, it is essential to contact an attorney as soon as possible. 

At Ridley Defense, we represent individuals who have been arrested for underage DUI in Southern California. Attorney Doug Ridley is a former Ventura County Deputy District Attorney who has built his reputation on providing fierce, dedicated representation for each of his clients. We know how important it is to protect your child’s future. Let us help get the best possible outcome for their case.

Call our office today at (805) 208-1866 for a complimentary consultation. You can never hurt your child’s case by contacting our office too soon, but you can if you call us too late!

3 Things You Should Do if Your Child Was Arrested for Underage DUI

If your child was arrested for an underage DUI in Southern California, the attorneys at Ridley Defense can help. We have successfully represented thousands of clients and are committed to ensuring that clients receive the personalized attention their case deserves.

If your child is arrested for an underage DUI, make sure you do these 3 things:

  1. Contact our office immediately. Call (805) 208-1866 or send us a message to discuss your child’s legal options. 
  2. Document everything. Have your child document everything that happened before, during, and after the arrest. It is important to do this while it is fresh in your child’s mind. 
  3. Request an APS hearing. When it comes to any DUI-related charges, time is of the essence. Your child has 10 days to request an administrative per se (APS) hearing through the California DMV to review the automatic suspension or revocation of their driving privileges. If you contact our office within 10 days of your child’s arrest, we can request the hearing on their behalf and ensure that all legal requirements are met.


The most important thing you can do for your child if they are arrested for an Underage DUI in Ventura or throughout Southern California is to contact Ridley Defense. Our attorneys will help guide you through the legal process and fight to protect your child’s driving privileges. We know that an arrest or citation for driving under the influence can be overwhelming, but we are here to help.

If your child is arrested for underage DUI, remember these 3 things:

  1. Do not allow your child to drive on a suspended license. If your child’s driving privileges have been suspended or revoked, do not allow them to drive. They could face additional penalties for driving on a suspended license or outside their restriction. At Ridley Defense, we can help your child apply for a restricted license or critical needs license if they face a suspension.
  2. Do not talk to people about the arrest or post on social media. It is in your child’s best interest to limit what they say regarding the arrest. If there was an accident involved, our office can help you deal with the insurance adjuster.
  3. Do not wait! The most critical mistake that most parents make when their child is arrested for underage DUI is waiting to contact an attorney. Call our office immediately. The sooner we get involved, the more we can do to help!


If your child was arrested for an underage DUI, contact Ridley Defense for a complimentary consultation. Our lawyers have extensive experience representing clients under the age of 21 who have allegedly violated California’s zero-tolerance law or are arrested for violating CVC 23140, 23152, or 23153. 

Your child’s future does not need to be ruined by an arrest. Call our office today at (805) 208-1866. Get the guidance you need and the superior representation your child deserves.

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