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Leach & Sullivan

How will a juvenile DWI affect your child?

On Behalf of | Sep 2, 2021 | DUI

Drinking under the age of 21 can lead to serious consequences if you get caught. If you have found out that your child was drinking and driving and was placed under arrest, it’s important to take steps to help them avoid serious repercussions. Without a good defense, a single DWI could significantly impact their ability to access funds for college, such as scholarships, find work and stay enrolled in some kinds of activities.

In Oklahoma, anyone who is caught attempting to purchase, possessing or purchasing alcohol under the age of 21 can face charges. Under 21, sentencing is usually up to the judge’s discretion, so this makes it important for you to be on guard and to take steps to help build a strong defense.

Oklahoma has a zero-tolerance stance against drunk driving

The state has harsh penalties that it will use against those who are caught drinking and driving under the age of 21. It’s important that you fight against those penalties.

A DWI won’t just affect your child with fines or license restrictions. It may also impact their ability to get scholarships, to stay in school clubs, to drive and go to work or to pursue a specific career. If your child is already working at an oil refinery or has started on their career path, then this could derail it. This is why it’s vital for you to talk to your child about the risks of drinking and driving as well as the consequences that could occur if they are caught drinking and driving. Even if your child is technically an adult, they cannot be participating in adult drinking activities until they reach 21.

A poor decision could have lasting consequences for your child

Court costs and fines are just one aspect of a DWI to deal with. It’s important for you to get the whole picture before you decide how to help your child get through this legal trouble. With the right defensive options and support to decide on the best way to move forward, you may be able to help them avoid lasting repercussions caused by this one-time mistake.