Unfortunately, many teenagers do not fully grasp the consequences of drinking and driving. Those who choose to drive drunk don’t realize how strongly alcohol impairs their ability to control a vehicle. An underage DUI can have consequences that last a lifetime. In this blog, we explain some of these consequences and what you should do if your child is arrested for a DUI.
Drivers under the age of 21 are shown no mercy when it comes to DUIs. In fact, the penalties they face can be harsher than the penalties that adult drivers face. Penalties for an underage DUI include:
- 1 year suspension of your child’s driver’s license
- Expensive fines and court fees
- 3 to 5 years of DUI probation
- Jail sentence ranging from 2 days to 6 months
In California, underage drivers convicted of a DUI are held to a “Zero Tolerance” standard. This means that minors who are found to have any trace of alcohol while they are driving, can be charged with an underage DUI.
Additionally, a DUI can dramatically impact your child’s future. This can include:
- Rejection From College
- Difficulty Finding Gainful Employment
- Financial Hardships
If your child has been arrested for a DUI, you should educate yourself as much as possible about the penalties your child is facing. You should then seek a lawyer who is experienced with underage DUI cases.
At the Law Offices of Scott R. Spindel, our underage DUI lawyer is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If your child has been accused of drunk driving, you need a knowledgeable and qualified attorney. Turn to Attorney Scott Spindel for your legal needs.
Call (888) 973-0209, or contact our Encino DUI attorney to get started on your consultation today