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The consequences of an underage drinking and driving conviction

If a South Carolina resident or tourist visiting our state who is under the age of 21 is caught drinking by authorities, he or she could be charged with a crime. If the individual also happens to be driving, the penalties for underage drinking and driving are even more severe. Indeed, the laws and punishments associated with underage DUI in this state are more stringent than those that apply to adults 21 and up.

An underage drinking and driving conviction could result in a lot of negative consequences. For example, a parent's son or daughter could lose eligibility for financial aid in college. Future job opportunities could also be jeopardized as a result of such a conviction.

Another potential consequence of an underage Driving Under the Influence arrest is a rise in insurance rates. Even worse, if an accident, personal injuries and/or death are associated with the underage DUI charge, there is the real possibility of an underage driver being sentenced to jail or juvenile detention. Due to the stiff punishments and consequences associated with a DUI conviction, parents of children accused of DUI may wish to hire an experienced DUI defense attorney to limit the chances of such restrictive punishment.

Individuals who hire DUI defense attorneys typically have better chances of success than those defending themselves against drunk driving charges in court. As a former police officer, I have been intimately involved in traffic law and issues related to this nuanced practice area. I am particularly skilled at finding holes in the prosecution's versions of the facts in juvenile DUI cases, and use this to assist South Carolina residents accused of underage drinking and driving. My mission is to keep my underage clients out of jail, to preserve their eligibility for financial aid benefits and to help them avoid other potentially life-destroying punishments.

Source: sctraffictickets.com, "Underage Drinking and Driving" Sep. 10, 2014

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