A young driver who has been engaged in binge drinking before getting behind the wheel will obviously be a threat to other motorists. If a police officer arrests the driver for frunk driving or underage drinking and driving, the person will face stiff penalties. However, it may be a blessing in disguise, considering other possible consequences of drunk driving.
The accused, who will need representation by an experienced defense attorney, may well find this brush with the law to be a sobering experience.
Understanding the popularity of binge drinking
Most of those who gravitate toward binge drinking are 20 years old or younger. According to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, these young people drink 11 percent of all alcohol consumed in the U.S. Teens view binge drinking as a social thing, something they can enjoy with their friends, perhaps at the frat house on campus or at a party on Saturday night.
What constitutes binge drinking
Binge drinking is generally defined as four or more alcoholic drinks for a female and five or more for a male. The drinks must be taken one after another or within a couple of hours to qualify as a binge drinking. This pattern is likely to bring a drinker's blood alcohol concentration level (BAC) above the adult legal limit of .08 percent.
Penalties for underage drinking and driving
The state of Ohio has a zero-tolerance law for drivers younger than 21. The Underage Drinking and Driving Law is applicable if a young driver is found to have a BAC level of .02 percent or higher. One drink will put someone over that limit. Conviction of underage drinking and driving can lead to a suspended driver's licens for up to three years. In addition, a judge can assess jail time.
Driving to their deaths
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car crashes are responsible for the majority of teen deaths across the country, and underage drinkers are behind the wheel in roughly one-quarter of these wrecks. This illustrates why a UDD can be a good thing; who knows what might happen if the intoxicated driver is not caught?
If you face a charge of underage drinking and driving, or if you are the parent of someone who faces a UDD charge, contact an experienced attorney who will carefully review the details of the case and provide a strong defense.