An underage DUI can lead to years of problems

Cumming area families understand the importance of safe driving. They also know that teenagers often make many mistakes. One mistake that a teenager may make is driving after they have been drinking. An underage DUI can affect a teen's future in more ways than one.

It is illegal for drivers who are under the age of 21 to have a blood alcohol content of more than .02%. If an underage driver is facing their first DUI, it will most likely be treated as a misdemeanor. The penalties include fines up to $1,000, jail time and community service. With each additional offense, the penalties are increased and if bodily harm occurred, the penalties may be much more severe. An underage driver will also face license revocation for a minimum of 6 months. They will also need to attend a class on DUI risk reduction and go to alcohol counseling.

A DUI conviction can follow a young person around for years. Parents know that their teens can make bad decisions. In fact, it is widely believed that a person's brain is not fully developed until age 25. One bad decision can lead to a lifetime of consequences. College, scholarships and professional school applications may ask whether a person has been convicted of a crime. Criminal activity can also violate a school's honor code and lead to expulsion. And future employers can run a criminal background check and see the DUI conviction on a prospective employee's record.

If an underage driver is facing a DUI charge, they may want to speak with an attorney who specializes in DUI criminal defense in the Cumming area. Families need to understand their legal rights and the importance of protecting their children's future.

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