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Underage drinking consequences can include criminal convictions

In our previous blog post, we discussed some of the effects of underage drinking. One of the effects that is possible is having to deal with the juvenile justice system or the criminal justice system, depending on your age. This can mean that you have to face penalties for your actions, which might include losing your driver's license or spending time behind bars.

If you were charged with an underage DUI, you are facing a very serious charge. The outcome of this case could affect you for life. We understand that young people, such as college students, might be tempted to drink at a party. It might be hard to find a ride home, so you decide to drive yourself there. Now you are facing the possibility of having a criminal conviction on your record because of a mistake.

We can't do away with all of the penalties of your mistake. We can only work to minimize what penalties you will have to face. We understand that the impact on your future can be severe if you are convicted.

One thing that you must realize if you aren't yet 21 years old is that the police can charge you with underage drunk driving if you have any amount of alcohol in your system. Because you aren't yet 21, the commonly touted figure of .08 percent doesn't apply to your case.

Our options for fighting the charges placed against you are determined by the circumstances of your case. We will investigate your case to determine which options are present. From there, we will work with you to develop a strategy.

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