Pennsylvania has zero tolerance for underage driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or other drugs. Anyone under 21 caught driving with any amount of alcohol in their blood may face serious consequences. And the penalties are more severe for those caught driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.02 or more.
If your child is charged with a DUI, here are three mistakes to avoid.
Ignoring the charge
A DUI charge on your child’s records can limit their school, employment, scholarship and housing opportunities. Thus, you should not ignore it. When you learn of the arrest, you should get legal guidance immediately to find the best ways to defend your child, potentially avoiding a conviction.
Not getting to the station sooner
When your child calls to inform you of the arrest, you should get to the station sooner. And even before doing so, inform them not to talk to the police until you arrive. Since your child is afraid, they may incriminate themselves by what they tell the police. Thus, ensure they know about their right to remain silent.
Not talking to them
In addition to getting legal help, you should talk to your child about the dangers of drunk driving. They may be aware of some from school and advertisements, but it means a lot when it comes from you. You should tell them they need to protect themselves and other road users. They should also know the consequences of a DUI, including potential jail terms.
When your child is charged with a DUI, you may be mad and disappointed. However, it will be best to provide them with the help they need to protect their future.