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Helping those accused of underage drinking and driving

If your child has been accused of a crime, it is vital that you know what the potential consequences could be. Indeed, a criminal conviction at an early age could result in severe consequences for the rest of your child's life. These could include being denied a scholarship or student aid money for college or difficulty getting a job due to a having a criminal record.

At the Lord Law Firm, we have a great deal of experience defending underage individuals in drunk driving cases. In South Carolina, it is illegal to drink if you are not 21 years of age or older. As we all know, it is common for young adults to engage in drinking even though they have yet to reach this age. Parents should know that the laws involving underage drinking and driving and the consequences are different than if a person who is 21 or older was accused of DUI.

In South Carolina, a teen is considered DUI if he or she is driving with a blood alcohol content of just 0.02 percent. This means that he or she could be convicted of DUI after drinking less than one beer and getting behind the wheel of a motor vehicle.

Individuals convicted of underage DUI could suffer drivers' license suspensions, lose out on future job opportunities and lose educational financial aid and Pell grants. In order to limit the chance or severity of consequences and punishments in the event of a conviction, parents will want to learn what their children's rights are and investigate the best criminal defense options that are available to them.

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