With schools and colleges off for the summer, teenagers spend a lot of their free time on the road. As part of our series “Summertime – DUI Time.” We take a closer look at Underage (Under 21) DUI in PA.
If you are between the ages of 18 and 21, and convicted of a DUI, it can truly change your life. On top of the legal penalties, there are many other consequences which can jeopardize your future.
The Legal Penalties for an Underage DUI in Pennsylvania
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||Misdemeanor of the first degree
Additional Consequences for an Underage DUI
In addition to the penalties listed above, a DUI conviction carries a number of consequences that can be crippling for a young adult. Some of these are:
- Potential loss of scholarships: Depending on the student’s disciplinary history, some universities and programs may move to revoke a student’s scholarship due to a DUI conviction
- Effect on work attendance: A license suspension may make it very difficult to get to work and this may cause a company to terminate the employee.
- Auto Insurance Coverage May be Denied: Depending on their driving history, auto insurance companies may deny coverage to a young person convicted of a DUI.
- May be Denied Employment: Since a DUI convicted will show up on background checks, employers will see it and may choose to overlook that candidate in favor of someone with a clean criminal history. This may make it very difficult to get a foot in the door at a good company and can stunt one’s professional growth.
- A DUI conviction will remain on your criminal history forever. Only a pardon from the Governor or President can remove it.
As you can see, the consequences of an Under 21 DUI are very severe. Not only will a young person be facing criminal penalties, they will also face many life altering consequences which may dull an otherwise brilliant future- all because of one mistake. This is why it is highly advised that anyone facing an underage DUI contact a qualified DUI lawyer who is experienced in dealing with these types of cases.
For a free consultation, please call 1-866-MCSHANE.