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If you are a minor and pulled over, even the slightest amount of alcohol can get you charged with DUI in Columbus, Ohio as well as most other states. Columbus Police, Franklin County Sheriff, Ohio State Highway Patrol, as well as other departments throughout Franklin County and the entire state of Ohio have a stated zero tolerance policy when it comes to underage drinking and driving and DUI charges for minors. While the standard is a blood alcohol content of 0.08 for anyone over the age of 21 to be charged with DUI (sometimes referred to as DWI or OVI), a minor or juvenile under the legal drinking age of 21 may be charged with underage DUI in Columbus, Ohio if their BAC is any amount over zero.
Even though it may not seem fair, if convicted of an underage DUI in Columbus, Ohio you may be facing jail sentences, fines, drivers license suspensions, just as someone over 21 who was driving while drinking at well above the legal blood alcohol content limit. If you are pulled over and charged with Underage DUI, it is important to get a Columbus, Ohio DUI Attorney who is familiar with Juvenile DUI Charges in Columbus, Ohio and Franklin County courts.
It is common for parents to tell their children to "take their licks" so to speak, and to plead guilty to the underage DUI charges. While this may be thought of as a lesson to the juvenile, it is not a good idea as this pleading guilty and throwing yourself on the mercy of the court comes with long term consequences. Therefore, before you ever consider pleading guilty to OVI charges, it is important that you consult with a Columbus, Ohio DUI Lawyer who can explain the penalties and consequences of this plea.
While the court may not intentionally impose long term penalties on someone convicted of underage drinking, when this charge goes on your record as a juvenile, there are long term consequences. Some examples of long term consequences for underage drinking and underage DUI charges in Columbus, Ohio may include disqualification from working for some employers or jobs, refusal of admission to colleges, termination of university scholarships, suspension or exspellment from sports teams, as well as from clubs or other organizations. Additionally, having a juvenile DUI on your record can make you more susceptible to targeting by police officers should you be pulled over for any reason. Additionally, should you be charged with DUI again in the future, you will face greater penalties as a multiple DUI offender.
If you are facing Ohio Underage DUI charges, Columbus, Ohio DUI Attorney Joe Edwards can defend your case with the goal of obtaining the best possible result, while treating you like the person you are rather than just another case.
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As the above summary indicates, the juvenile criminal justice system is complex and can have far reaching consequences. Juvenile courts are a hybrid-type forum that blends many criminal and domestic issues which makes it crucial for juvenile's to be represented by counsel during the proceedings. Attorney Joe Edwards served as a juvenile court prosecutor for two years and has been representing juveniles in the court system for over 20 years on matters ranging from traffic violations to crimes of violence. If you know a juvenile who has been charged with a criminal or traffic offense, contact criminal defense attorney Joe Edwards at 614-309-0243.
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