For those who have not reached the age of 21, alcohol consumption may be encouraged by peers and friends. Unfortunately, some teenagers feel pressured by peers to operate a vehicle after consuming alcohol, which is illegal, even in very small amounts. In Fort Myers and cities across all of Florida, young people who are charged with driving under the influence of alcohol may have their lives upended in a myriad of ways. From license suspension to school problems and a track record that may haunt them years later, underage DUI charges carry serious consequences.
According to information put forward by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are roughly 2.4 million instances of teenagers operating a vehicle after consuming alcohol each month. Furthermore, estimates suggest that one out of every 10 teenagers who are in high school drive under the influence of alcohol. Because of the serious nature of underage DUI charges, it is crucial for young drivers to avoid driving after consuming any amount of alcohol and for parents to discuss this issue with children.
For teens facing these charges, as well as their parents, these charges can be incredibly overwhelming and many are unsure of how to handle the situation. However, when a young person’s future is at stake, it is essential to carefully approach the case and go over all options carefully. Sometimes, certain details of a case can have a major impact on the outcome, so it is important to review the ins and outs of what took place.