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Could Your Teen Getting a DUI Ruin Their Future?

On Behalf of | Jul 5, 2024 | DUI |

Parents, the consequences of your teen getting a DUI can be severe. Especially here in San Diego, where there is a zero-tolerance policy for underage drinking and driving. If your son or daughter is found with a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of more than .01% — an extremely small amount — they face a one-year driver’s license suspension. Refusing to take a preliminary alcohol screening (PAS) or breathalyzer test during the –police traffic stop or failing either results in the same penalty.

Depending on how much alcohol was in their system, a teenage driver could be fined up to $250 and charged with a criminal offense or an infraction. For those under 21, the penalties are similar to a Zero Tolerance DUI. A BAC of .05% or higher, failing a PAS, or refusing to take one leads to a year-long license suspension. The fines can go up to $300 depending on age and prior infractions. Teens aged 18-21 must enroll in an alcohol driver education course, which comes with its own costs. They will also receive two points on their driver’s license.

Beyond the legal penalties, many colleges and universities have their own disciplinary systems for their student body. An arrest could lead to suspension or even expulsion, affecting your teen’s educational prospects.

Will a teen’s DUI appear on college applications?

Whether your teen has to disclose their DUI on college applications depends on the application process. Over 600 American colleges and universities use the Common App, which asks if applicants have been convicted of a crime as a juvenile. Even schools that do not use the Common App may include similar questions on their applications.

Data suggests that about 20% of applications are denied due to juvenile records. This means there is an 80% chance it won’t affect admission, but it still means there is about a one in five chance your daughter or son would be denied from their first-choice college because of a DUI on their record. Being denied admission to a college could have a substantial impact on your teen’s future.

Even if your teen opts to enter the workforce instead of going to college, a drinking and driving charge could still affect their future. Many San Diego employers require applicants to disclose their arrest and conviction records. This could limit job opportunities and impact their career trajectory.

How A Defense Attorney Can Help

If your teen is facing a DUI charge, it is crucial to understand their options and the potential impact on their future. Contacting a criminal defense attorney can give them the guidance needed to deal with the situation effectively. A knowledgeable attorney can help your child explore all possible avenues to protect their future goals.