If your underage child has been arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, they face serious consequences. If convicted, they face fines, the loss of their license, and the negative impact of having a criminal record at a young age.
A guilty verdict can result in the loss of college admission, scholarships, job opportunities, relationships, and more. Here’s how you can help your child defend themselves against underage DWI charges.
Texas has a zero-tolerance policy for underage drinking and driving, meaning that if there is any alcohol in the driver’s system or even on their breath, the officer can make an arrest.
Underage DWI is charged as a class C misdemeanor, which carries the following penalties:
If your child caused an accident that resulted in the injury or death of someone else, they may face additional charges, such as reckless driving or manslaughter. Rarely will an underage DWI be charged alone; even if the stop was routine, your child will likely also face a traffic or open container violation.
Depending on the circumstances of your child’s case, there may be potential defense strategies that can increase the chances you’ll receive a favorable outcome. For example, your criminal defense attorney may be able to argue that:
Segura and Kiatta understand how challenging it can be for young adults to start their lives with a criminal record, and how difficult it is for their parents to watch. Segura and Kiatta can help you fight for your child’s rights and best interests, and work towards a clean record and rehabilitation. Call now for your consultation at 281.240.3941.