What Teens Should Know About Alcohol

Minor in Possession  MIP
A minor who attempts to purchase alcohol, consume alcohol or has bodily alcohol content is in violation of state statues and will face both fines and sanctions by the court.

Driving Under the Influence  DUI
The first offense of driving under the influence is punishable by up to six month in jail. Repeated offenders face felony charges, jail sentences of several years are not uncommon. In addition to jail sentences, the courts impose large fines for DUI’s

Other Consequences
In addition to legal penalties, offenders may have their driver’s license suspended for a substantial period of time, insurance companies may cancel your policy or drastically increase rates. A drunk driving charge stays on a person’s driving record for many years. Certain jobs that require driving may no longer be an employment option. The real financial cost of a first offense DUI can total anywhere from $10,000 to $20,000.

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