Underage Drinking and Driving Statistics . . . Call a Phoenix Criminal Defense Attorney Today
According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), one in five teenagers binge drink, but only one in one hundred parents actually believe that his or her teenager binge drinks. MADD further reports that car crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers, and one in three of those crashes are alcohol related. Further, MADD has found that children who start drinking while they are young are seven times more likely to be involved in an alcohol related crash sometime in their life. Furthermore, according to MADD, alcohol use among teenagers kills about 6000 people a year. Lastly, according to MADD, high school students who use alcohol or other substances are five times more likely to drop out of school than those who do not participate in underage drinking.
To be charged with a DUI, adults must have a blood-alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or higher. However, minors pulled over for drunk driving in Arizona can be charged with a DUI for having any alcohol in their system (.01 BAC), and a minor charged with a DUI may receive penalties such as license suspension, jail time, fines, and probation. In addition to criminal prosecution, underage drinkers may face harsh underage drinking consequences such as suspension or expulsion from school, and suspension from athletic teams or other extra-curricular activities.
If your teenager has been charged with drinking and driving underage, contact a Phoenix criminal defense lawyer at Oracle Law Group Office P.C. as soon as possible. The Phoenix Arizona lawyers at Oracle Law Group Office P.C. will work hard to have the charges against your teenager reduced or dismissed. Further, the Phoenix Arizona DUI attorneys at Oracle Law Group Office P.C. will provide your teenager with the best possible defense, and the Phoenix criminal defense lawyers at Oracle Law Group Office P.C. will discreetly handle your teenager’s case.