6 Tips on Underage Drinking and Driving Charges
The sad fact is that minors who get DUI charges are in fact punished even more severely than regular offenders in some cases.
Why? Since the legal drinking age is 21, and alcohol leads to very large numbers of injuries and deaths, states feel underage drinking and driving charges need to be stricter. For one, no matter how much or little you drink, it's already illegal. If you or a loved one gets pulled over, what happens is a minor cannot show any signs of drinking.
The blood alcohol content (BAC) level is only .02% for minors, so no matter how much you drink, it's breaking the law. (The normal BAC is .08 for legal drinkers.)
What can you do to avoid charges? What happens if you do get pulled over? This guide gives 6 tips for underage drinking and driving.
While it may seem tough, when it comes to handling state laws, there is no basis for allowing minors to drink at all If you don't drink, the problem is gone. If you get caught once and show you stopped drinking, your problems are over only after penalties. You can lose your license, get incredibly high insurance rates, face fines, and will be forced to appear in court. If you never drink underage, if you wait until you're legal, you can avoid problems.
If You Do Drink ...
Yes, it's clear minors are going to drink in some cases. If you ever do drink, stay where you are or ask for a ride home from someone who hasn't drank. While it may be an inconvenience, it's sure a lot easier than losing your license.
How to Avoid Penalties
If you do get caught, just be honest and make sure you follow all the rules. If you want to avoid major penalties, you need to hire a DUI attorney to help with your case.
Hiring Expert Help
A DUI attorney can help, usually no matter the age. If you feel the breathalyzer test was wrong, that the officer who arrested you acted in error, or that the charges are false in some other way, you need an expert to help plead your case. At the least, you can bargain with the prosecution for lesser charges. In some cases, the charges may be thrown out if mistakes were made in the arrest.
Fighting Your Case
How do you fight the charges? You can plead with the prosecution, point out the officer never read your rights, or even that the tests for alcohol were wrong. If you feel the charges are correct, you still should hire an attorney. First time offenders rarely have to pay high amounts for help in court.
Getting Professional Help
Alcohol abuse is dangerous, and alcohol addiction destroys lives. If you feel you have a problem, it goes beyond this blog's topic, but you have the right and ability to ask for it.