Underage drinking is illegal. Underage drinking and driving can lead to even more serious charges, penalties, and a criminal record. For the thousands of college students who get caught underage drinking every year, a number of them will also be faced with a DUI. Now, the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board (ABC) is seeking to reduce the amount of underage drinking and binge drinking throughout the state. The public awareness campaign is intended to inform parents and teens about the potential health and legal consequences of getting caught drinking, or drinking and driving.
The ABC Board has traveled to Alabama colleges with the message, “Under Age, Under Arrest,” hoping to remind parents and teens that underage drinking and drinking and driving are taken seriously under the law. Our Birmingham drunk driving defense attorneys are dedicated to protecting the rights of individuals who have been charged with drinking and driving. We understand the serious nature of a drinking and driving offense and will take every necessary step to defeat the charges against you. For underage defendants, we will take additional measures to reduce the impact of a drinking and driving record that could limit opportunities to employment or education.
Earlier this year, the ABC Board appeared alongside other organizations, including Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and the Alabama Citizens Action Program (ALCAP) at Miles College in Fairfield. The presentation is one of many planned to college campuses in hopes to raise awareness about the consequences of underage drinking, particularly binge drinking and getting behind the wheel. Prior to initiating the campaign, organization leaders felt that their advertising and online presence were not successfully reaching young people.
Young people should understand the potential dangers of alcohol, and the potential legal consequences of a DUI charge. When pulled over and arrested for DUI, a young person may be forced to spend the night in jail, get their car impounded, and lose their license. All of this is even before a hearing or criminal trial. If you or your teen was arrested for drinking and driving, it is important to consult with an experienced advocate who can inform you of your rights and fight any unwarranted charged and penalties. Having an experienced attorney at the outset can ensure that no evidence is illegally obtained or used against you.
According to reports, the ABC board focused on delivering the message live to have a greater impact on students. As students are everyday bombarded with quick messages and images on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, the live setting forces audience members to stop and contemplate the reality of drinking and driving dangers. Some of the speakers lost their loved ones to drunk drivers, others advocated that college students abstain from alcohol all together. One speaker explored the legal consequences of drinking and driving under the age of 21.
The majority of college students will try alcohol and some point, but should remember to drink responsibly. In the face of a DUI, students should remember that they do have rights and to protect themselves to prevent unnecessary charges and penalties.