Driving under the influence is a serious crime in Tennessee and throughout the country, particularly underage driving while intoxicated, since it affects both society as well as individuals. Some dangerous consequences of underage drinking include:
- Early addiction of alcohol
- Inadequate overall performance in school
- Numerous health problems
- Risk of being involved in alcohol-related accidents
- Injuries and in many cases, death
Research shows that about 5,000 underage deaths take place each year as a result of excessive use of alcohol. Consequently, stricter laws are enforced to minimize the underage drinking.
The 'Zero Tolerance' Law
In 1995, former president of the United States, Bill Clinton, enforced the "Zero Tolerance" law in opposition to underage drunk driving. Under this law, anybody under the age of 21 with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .02 percent or higher will undoubtedly be charged with a DUI. But actually, the "Zero Tolerance" law has been enforced to bring down underage drinking. Therefore, it comes with an additional charge of underage drinking along with a regular driving under the influence.
Criminal Consequences Of Underage Drinking And Driving
The punishment for an underage driving while intoxicated conviction includes:
- Forfeiture of the individual's car or truck
- Suspension of his or her driver's license
- Completion of local community service
- Attendance at DUI and alcohol educational classes
- Stiff fines
- Probation, and maybe even jail time of up to 12 months
Consequently, getting legal help is highly recommended for underage DWI because of the extreme nature of the charges.
Criminal Penalties Are Just The Beginning
A Tennessee underage DWI conviction affects educational and career opportunities for young people as well. They might face complications attending college, as well applying for jobs. In some instances, entrance into specialist studies such as law, medicine, teaching and accounting in graduate educational facilities are declined for underage DWI convicted individuals.
Furthermore, they will also find it hard to get a job because they are required to mention their conviction in a job application, in order to avoid getting terminated from their employment if discovered later. Thus, it's always best to seek help from a skilled Knoxville DUI attorney under such circumstances and get to know your rights and protect your future.
We Are Ready To Protect Your Future
As in all drunk driving related criminal cases, the best results are obtained when you contact a Tennessee lawyer who is dedicated to handling Tennessee DUI, vehicular assault and other driving cases as soon as possible. Call toll free at 888-DUI-CALL (865-329-6982) or locally in the greater Knoxville area at 865-329-6982 as soon as possible.