High School or College Kid DUI Lawyers in Washington D.C. or Maryland
At Lotze Mosley, LLP, our DUI attorneys in Washington D.C. and Maryland understand better than most that just because a person is not old enough to drink, does not mean they are not going to.
That is equally true for high school and college kids, who are old enough to drive and/or go to school away from home, but who are not old enough to buy alcohol.
Now that summer is here, there are going more kids at home from college, more kids returning to summer jobs, and more opportunities for kids to drink with friends.
If you are under the age of 21 with ANY measurable amount of alcohol in your system behind the wheel, you can be charged with a DWI in Washington D.C. or Maryland. If the driver is under the age of 21 and used a false ID to acquire the alcohol additional penalties will be added to the DWI charges and may include mandatory jail time.
If your child is under 21 and has been charged with a DUI, contact our skilled Washington D.C. DUI attorneys to learn more about their legal rights and options, so we can help minimize their penalties by aggressively arguing their case.
What Should Parents Do When Their Underage Kid is Arrested for DUI in Washington D.C. or Maryland?
No parent ever wants to wake up to the sound of their phone or doorbell ringing, only to learn their child is in jail for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
The initial scare from the call or visit is often replaced by frustration, anger, and confusion.
While all parent-child relationships are different, some parents will allow their adult children to stand on their own. Others are certain their kids are not capable of facing the harshness of the criminal justice system on their own.
The choice is personal.
However, there are ways to be supportive through your anger, and ensure you help get your kid back on the right track, as these charges may stick with them for the rest of their lives if someone is not there to help.
First, do not abandon your child’s need for direction.
Whether he or she called you to post bail or had a discussion with you after they were released on their own recognizance, your child has reached out to you because they trust you and know you can offer some sound advice about how to move forward.
You certainly are not taking away from their ability to learn their lesson from this incident by being supportive. You are simply teaching them how to stand up to the consequences they face by making good decisions during the legal process.
That is when speaking with our experienced DUI attorneys in Washington D.C. and Maryland can help. We will outline the charges the prosecutor’s office is pursuing, including the evidence and other details from the arrest that may impact the severity of your case.
This will allow you and your child to make informed decisions about how we proceed.
Next, stay on top of the legal process, including court dates, drug and alcohol classes, community service, or other penalties that were assigned as part of the charges.
Ask them to take responsibility for their actions and complete the necessary steps using their own efforts while remaining aware that you may have to intervene to ensure no deadlines or obligations are missed, so they are not left in deeper trouble.
Contact Our DUI Attorneys in Washington D.C. or Maryland for Help
Hiring a skilled DUI lawyer will help your child understand the severity of their charges, including the penalties they must pay to put this arrest behind them. We can help.
Contact our experienced criminal defense attorneys in Washington D.C. and Maryland at Lotze Mosley, LLP to determine the best course of action for your unique case by calling (202) 393-0535 today.
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