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Underage DUI charges can hurt a teen's future

We all know that teens can make dumb decisions. Teens are notorious for making rash decisions and not thinking things through. Most of the time these mistakes are not serious, but occasionally a teen can get themselves into hot water. An underage drunk driving charge can be one such case.

Teen drivers are the source of many accidents in Nevada and across the United States. They are easily distracted by their electronic devices and friends in the car. But alcohol is another factor that doesn't mix well with teenagers. The State of Nevada has zero tolerance policy for anyone under the age of 21 that has a blood alcohol content of .02. A DUI conviction in Nevada for a minor can be very serious. Penalties may include a drug and alcohol evaluation, driver's license suspension, fines, jail time and DUI school. A DUI conviction can also impact a teen's future. A school may place a student on suspension or even expel them. It can impact their scholarships and professional school applications.

Underage drivers who find themselves facing a DUI charge may want to speak with a legal professional who is skilled in criminal defense. An attorney understands the serious charges a teen is facing and can help get their charges dismissed or reduced. They can work hard to reduce a DUI charge to reckless driving, which can be removed from their record in one year instead of seven for a DUI.

A DUI conviction is serious and can affect a teen's life for many years to come. An attorney can help fight the charges and do what they can to minimize the impact on the teen's life.

Source: dui.findlaw.com, "Nevada DUI laws," accessed on July 22, 2017

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