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When a young driver is charged with driving under the influence, their current life may change in various ways, and their future may be heavily impacted as well. As a parent, it is your job to watch out for your children, even when they make mistakes. Sometimes, parents become very upset with their kids if they break the law or find themselves in trouble. For example, a parent may be furious that their teen was pulled over for driving drunk. However, your child needs your support during such a difficult time, and there may be many factors to consider (including the possibility that they were not treated fairly by a law enforcement official).

There are countless factors that can affect drunk driving cases, and some can even result in the charges being dropped altogether. Moreover, it is important to realize that DUI charges can be especially complicated when it comes to those under the age of 21 due to zero tolerance laws. Even a very small amount of alcohol in a teen’s system can lead to DUI charges, even if they were not intoxicated when they were pulled over.

Aside from improper blood alcohol level tests and other issues, some teens drive drunk due to peer pressure. This can be a very difficult time in one’s life, and some teens have a hard time due to social concerns and their peers. You should try to be supportive of your teen and understand the many ways in which these allegations could shape their future—potentially affecting their career, college education and other aspects of their life.