Parents of Maryland teens know that their child doesn’t always make the best decisions. In fact, it may seem like they are never listening and always engaging in risky behavior. When teens are around their friends, they often participate in whatever their friends are doing, which sometimes includes alcohol. If a teen is facing a drunk driving charge, parents should know what the consequences can be and how an attorney can help.
Maryland DUI laws
Maryland has strict laws regarding drinking and driving and these laws extend to underage drivers. There is a zero-tolerance law in Maryland for anyone under the age of 21 who has any alcohol in their system. Individuals who are not of the drinking age are unable to drink any alcohol before they drive a car. It doesn’t matter if they are impaired or not.
If a driver is under the age of 18 and facing a DUI, their case will be handled in juvenile court. If a driver is 18 but younger than 21, they will be facing criminal court. Penalties a juvenile can face in adult court include jail time, 12 points on their license and fines. Regardless of their age, they will face driver’s license suspension, revocation, or a restriction.
An attorney who specializes in criminal defense can help their client understand the penalties they are facing and may be able to get the charges reduced or dismissed. They can provide legal counsel that allows you and your child to prepare for court and put their best foot forward. A DUI conviction can follow a child for several years, impacting their college choices, future graduate school, scholarship opportunities, and other opportunities.