If your child is facing a conviction for a DUI, you probably want to do everything you can to prevent that from happening. Contact a Dallas DUI attorney with Chris Lewis & Associates, P.C. to see about protecting your child’s future.
Teenagers are known for making mistakes. They are often experimenting, pushing boundaries, and learning about limits. They sometimes make decisions based on minimal information and emotion, and they often make poor decisions because of this. When a teen makes the decision to drink and drive, they don’t always understand the consequences of their actions.
For instance, they may not really consider how their actions can harm others. In addition, they may not know what kinds of penalties they will face if they’re convicted of a DUI. They probably don’t know how much a DUI could change their life. A Dallas DUI lawyer may be able to help you to help your child avoid all the negative effects of a drunk driving conviction.
In Texas, a DUI is something that can only be charged to minors. Driving under the influence is reserved for minors who drive with any alcohol in their systems. Minors aren’t allowed to drink legally, so they can be in trouble if they drive after consuming any amount of alcohol at all.
Minors can also be charged with a DWI (driving while intoxicated) in Texas, a crime usually reserved for adults. If a teen is intoxicated while driving, meaning they are over the legal limit, they can receive this more serious charge.
Driving under the influence does come with penalties for your teen if they’re convicted. They will lose their driver’s license, could be forced to attend alcohol treatment classes, and could be ordered to do community service hours. They could also be made to pay fines, and jail is a possibility.
If convicted of a DWI, they will face greater penalties, which will likely include some jail time.
Your Dallas driving under the influence lawyer will examine your child’s case to find the best defense available. It could be that your teen wasn’t drinking at all and has been falsely accused. Your teen’s rights might have been violated during the stop or arrest.
Even if your Dallas drunk driving attorney can’t get the charge completely thrown out, it might be possible to get it greatly reduced.
Driving under the influence is a serious offense in Texas. You want what’s best for your child, but you can’t live their life for them. All you can do is teach your teen about the dangers of drunk driving and how their life could be ruined if they’re convicted of this kind of crime.
If it’s too late to prevent your child from driving under the influence and your child has already been charged with a DUI, it’s a good idea to call a Dallas DUI lawyer to discuss defense options. To reach Chris Lewis & Associates, P.C., fill out the form below or dial 214-665-6930.