According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), alcohol is the most commonly used and abused substance among children and teenagers in the United States. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported in 2016 that 19 percent of young people aged 12 to 20 drink alcohol and 12 percent admitted to binge drinking within the past 30 days.
Unfortunately, alcohol consumption among the youth has also led to a significant amount of drunk driving accidents and arrests. About 10 percent of teens in high school drink and drive.
If your child has been arrested for an underage DUI in West Virginia, you—as parents—must do whatever it takes to help him/her avoid conviction. Not only does a conviction can lead to serious criminal penalties, but it can also negatively affect your child’s education.
Whether your child is a high school or college student, some schools suspend, expel, or otherwise punish those who are charged or convicted of underage drunk driving. Check the school’s policy to see if certain penalties will be enforced for DUI charges.
When it comes to college applications, many schools have a strict policy regarding convictions and do now accept students with criminal records. On the other hand, while a school may consider convicted applicants, they will prioritize those without a criminal history.
A DUI conviction can also mean losing scholarships. If your child is a student-athlete, getting convicted could lead to being suspended or kicked off the team.
As far as indirect consequences are concerned, losing the ability to drive for a long period may result in tardiness and absences. Such behavior leads to falling behind on schoolwork, retaking failed classes, and delaying graduation.
At The Wagner Law Firm, Attorney Harley Wagner has more than two decades of legal experience providing effective and personalized legal counsel for all his clients. He can protect your child’s rights, reputation, and future by obtaining the best possible outcome in his/her case.
If your child has been arrested for a DUI in West Virginia, contact us today at (304) 461-6000 for a free case review.