For many parents, letting their teenage son or daughter drive for the first
time can be very scary. Though entering the world of driving is a part
of growing up, it doesn’t mean parents won’t stop worrying
about their kids’ safety. Common parental concerns include but are
not limited to:
- Will my teenager get into an accident?
- Will my teenager text while driving?
- Will my teenager drink and drive?
- Will my teenager fall asleep at the wheel?
- Will my teenager drive with their friends?
- Will my teenager drive too fast?
Will my teenager
drive under the influence?
These are all valid concerns because after all, statistically teens get
into more crashes than any other age group, and their parents are legally
responsible for their actions. If teens weren’t in so many crashes,
their auto insurance rates wouldn’t be so high, would they?
Talk about parental stress, when you factor in having to add a teen driver
onto the family auto insurance policy, it doesn’t alleviate any
of the stress experienced by parents. Throw in an underage DUI, and it’s
every parent’s nightmare. Ask any insurance agent, and they will
tell you that in policy terms, a DUI is a “scarlet letter”
to insurers. About half of the companies will drop an entire family if
their teen is convicted of DUI. If an insurer decides not to cancel the
family’s policy, the parents can expect their policy rates to double
or triple – ouch!
If the teen has their own insurance policy because they drive a car that
is in their own name, they will face astronomical rate hikes after a DUI.
If parents don’t want a teen’s DUI to affect their insurance
premium, they can avoid putting their teen on their policy. However, this
is not typically the most cost-effective choice. Most parents add their
teens to their policies.
When a teen has their own insurance policy, it is usually far more expensive
than if they were insured under the family’s policy. It’s
basically a tough decision that parents have to weigh carefully when it
comes time to insure the newest licensed driver in the household.
Other Consequences of an Underage DUI
California has a “zero tolerance” policy when it comes to underage
drinking and driving. This means that if a driver is under the age of
21 and they drive with any “detectable” amount of alcohol
in their system, they can be arrested and face DUI charges.
What are the possible penalties of an underage DUI?
- Up to one year driver’s license suspension
- Mandatory DUI school
- Up to five years’ probation
Unfortunately, teenagers aren’t the only ones impacted by an
underage DUI conviction. Parents
feel the sting too, especially in the wallet where it hurts. If your son or daughter was arrested
for DUI, you have every reason to hire an Orange County
DUI defense lawyer from the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. to fight their
charges. Even if the odds are stacked against your teen driver, we can
still shoot for the lowest possible penalties.
As a nationally Board Certified DUI defense specialist, Attorney Virginia
Landry has the knowledge and experience to defend your son or daughter.
Don’t wait, call now!