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.
This nation is governed by a system of laws and rules that are intended for the well-being and safety of all. Sometimes, young people may find themselves on the wrong side of those laws and facing juvenile charges. Some of them are not yet capable of making the responsible decisions that often come with age. It is imperative that these individuals are guided by experience and compassion when facing this scenario here in Tennessee.
The Vols defensive lineman Danny O'Brien was recently arrested at a Knoxville apartment on multiple charges. The Knoxville police were called to the scene after the report of a disturbance at the domicile, and they discovered O'Brien along with seven other football players supposedly drinking and partying. O'Brien was charged with underage drinking as well as other offenses.
DUI charges are often handled differently in juvenile and criminal courts here in Tennessee. However, what if the person accused of underage drinking is a legal adult? A 19-year-old woman who was recently involved in a serious single-vehicle crash could face severe criminal penalties if she is convicted. Following the Feb. 9 accident, she has been charged with underage consumption, DUI and vehicular assault.