Once your teen leaves the house, keys jingling in hand, he or she is no longer under your control or supervision. You may have taught them to be responsible and safe drivers. Unfortunately, some teens will still make decisions that lead to being arrested for drinking and driving, and the need for an underage DUI attorney.
Serious consequences accompany being charged with underage drinking and driving in New Jersey. If your child is facing an underage DUI charge, it is important to weigh your family’s options carefully and contact an experienced New Jersey juvenile defense attorney.
Since underage drivers represent a disproportionately high number of drunk drivers, the state of New Jersey makes every effort to deter this behavior. If a person is under the age of 21 and caught driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of at least 0.01, the person may be charged with an underage DUI, also sometimes known as a baby DUI, statute NJSA 39:4-50.14 and NJSA 39:4-50. If convicted, the person will face:
For example, driving with an open container will automatically land you with a $200 fine. If previously convicted with an underage DUI, the penalties will be significantly higher.
Often, a DUI is not the only charge involved in cases of drinking and driving.
These convictions all remain on a teen’s record, which can make it difficult for teens to pass background checks for future jobs or educational opportunities.
Additionally, car insurance companies consider it highly risky to cover drivers convicted of an underage DUI. An insurer may either terminate a policy entirely or begin charging much higher monthly premiums to account for that risk. Those high premiums can remain in place for many years after the accident.
If your teen has been charged with underage drinking and driving, having the right New Jersey underage DUI attorney may have a lasting impact on their future. Anthony J. Vecchio is an experienced juvenile defense lawyer. Call him or use the chat box below to speak with the Law Offices of Anthony J. Vecchio about how they can help.
One of the best ways to avoid the need for a New Jersey DUI lawyer is to talk to your teens about underage drinking and driving. If you discuss it even before they get their license, you can get a head start on helping them to develop safe habits.
It is important to frame this as a two-way discussion so that your teen driver gets all the information in a calm, low-pressure way. Consider talking about the following:
If your teen has been charged with underage drinking and driving, you will have to consider your choices carefully. You should speak with an experienced New Jersey underage DUI lawyer who can help you to navigate the process that lies ahead.
At the Law Offices of Anthony J. Vecchio, LLC, we will work hard to defend your teenager’s rights. We understand the juvenile justice system, and are experienced with baby DUI cases. We will work closely with investigators and expert to build the strongest possible case. We will seek getting your teen’s charges dismissed or to minimize the penalties he or she faces.
Our New Jersey criminal defense law firm features offices in Freehold, Mt. Laurel, Red Bank, Princeton, Jersey City and Woodbridge. We work with clients from all over New Jersey. Contact me today for a case evaluation.
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