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Criminal charges involving underage drinking and driving

The legal age for drinking in every state is 21. However, just like in other states, many South Carolina teenagers and individuals under the age of 21 engage in the act of drinking alcohol. Parents do their best to prevent their children from drinking, but law enforcement officials know that parents cannot be in charge of their children 24 hours a day. Police are actively on patrol looking for underage individuals who are drinking -- particularly those who are drinking and driving.

Because it is illegal for people under 21 to drink, when they are also drinking and driving, more stringent laws and punishments will apply to them. For example, did you know that an under-21-year-old can be arrested and charged with DUI if his or her blood alcohol level tests at just 0.2 percent? This means that a young driver could get arrested after just a single beer.

The punishments associated with underage drinking and driving could include the cancellation of a college student's financial aid. It could even interfere with his or her future ability to get a job. As such, if your son or daughter has been charged with drinking and driving, and if he or she is ultimately convicted of that charge, it could potentially affect his or her life negatively for many years to come.

While no criminal defense lawyer can ever promise an individual that he will be able to successfully defend a person against specific charges in court, getting professional legal assistance can improve one's chances of obtaining a better end result during a criminal court case. At the Lord Law Firm, we specializes in representing and defending individuals against criminal violations involving traffic offenses, including charges relating to underage DUI. We are ready to use our experience to assist you in your case.

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