When a minor is arrested for a drug- or alcohol-related offense, it can be daunting to consider the possible penalties that could result from juvenile charges. Those penalties can include the loss of driving privileges, fines and other various consequences. Although juvenile charges can have a long-term impact on the future of a minor in Tennessee, it is possible to present an effective defense.
If a minor is arrested for possession of alcohol, that individual could lose his or her license for an entire year or until turning 17. For a second offense, the person could lose his or her license for up to two years or until turning 18. In some cases, a minor may apply for a restricted license, but eligibility will be based on the individual merits of the case.
Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a serious offense and Tennessee minors face serious penalties if convicted of these offenses. The minor driver could lose his or her license for one year and will not be eligible for a restricted license for the duration of the suspension. Additional penalties can include fines of $250 and possible community service work.
It is always best to understand possible consequences in order to determine the optimal defense strategy when facing juvenile charges. Loss of driving privileges and fines can have a dramatic impact on a family and may affect a person's ability to work or get to school. Underage drug or alcohol offenses are legitimate legal issues and should be approached as such. An attorney experienced in juvenile law and alcohol-related offenses can be a useful ally during this time.
Source: tn.gov, "DUI Offenses", Accessed on Feb. 3, 2015