Delaware High School Proms and DUI’s
The High School Prom season has started in Delaware. Statistics show roughly a third of alcohol-related teen traffic fatalities occur between April and June, which is considered the peak of prom season.
According to the National Highway Traffic Administration, over 35,000 people died in motor vehicle crashes in 2015. Teen drivers and passengers account for 25 percent of those deaths every year.
If you have a teenager that has been arrested for driving under the influence, it can be a life-changing event. We at the Law Offices of Murray, Phillips & Gay strive to keep the consequences from making a negative impact on your child’s future.
Keeping Your Child Out of the Criminal Justice System
As your child’s lawyers, we will work diligently to prevent allegations of underage drunk driving or underage consumption from turning into a conviction or an adjudication of juvenile delinquency. We bring a realistic approach to criminal defense representation — we work to reach the best resolution while minimizing the long-term consequences of the charges.
Understanding the Consequences of a Juvenile DUI
All the time we hear, “I didn’t know the consequences of a DUI underage.” Not knowing how serious the consequences are can put your child at higher risk.
For a first-time offender, the consequences of underage drinking or underage drunk driving include license suspension and extensive fines. However, these criminal consequences may seem relatively minor when compared to the full spectrum of consequences.
These days, colleges and employers are routinely examining criminal records when making admissions and hiring decisions. A criminal conviction may adversely affect a child’s future opportunities well beyond the length of the sentence.
Additionally, alcohol offenses come with enhanced penalties for multiple convictions. Many kids are caught drinking underage when they come down to Delaware for beach week, right before they head off to college.
Often times, those accused of underage drunk driving or underage drinking at 17 or 18 will continue to drink before they reach 21, running the risk of these enhanced penalties. As criminal defense lawyers, we work to reduce the impact of any future charges by avoiding an initial conviction.
If you have a child who has been accused of underage drinking or DUI, we would like to meet with you and your child in person to discuss your case. To schedule a free initial consultation at our office in Georgetown, please call 302-855-9300 for our Dover or Wilmington office, please call 302-697-2499 or contact us by clicking here.