LANCASTER, Pennsylvania. A Pennsylvania Amish youth was recently arrested for underage drinking and driving when he was caught operating his horse-drawn buggy while drunk. According to MyFox8, four passengers, between the ages of 16 and 20 were cited for underage drinking. Drinking and driving of any kind is illegal, even when operating a horse-drawn vehicle. The recent incident draws attention to the real epidemic of underage drinking and the real consequences of underage drinking and driving.

Underage drivers are subject to lower blood alcohol concentration limits. If you are driving with a blood alcohol concentration above 0.02%, you can face charges for underage drinking and driving. In fact, according to Barry G. Goldman, Esquire: Attorney at Law, many individuals can exceed this limit with just one drink. Individuals caught drinking and driving, even underage individuals, face serious consequences for drinking and driving, from license suspension, jail time, fines, and a DUI record. If other underage individuals are in the car, drivers could face child endangerment charges as well. The good news is that judges may be more inclined to seek rehabilitation for underage drunk drivers. If you or your child is facing underage drunk driving charges, you need a DUI lawyer working on your side to help you get the best possible outcome under the law. Visit www.barrygoldmanlaw.com to learn more about DUI charges, consequences, and options.

With many college age students returning to school, parents may be concerned about their children’s alcohol consumption and the risk of drinking and driving. In fact, parents can have an impact on how much alcohol their children consume, according to MyNewsLA. Studies have found that when parents underestimate their children’s alcohol consumption, they may not speak to their children about the risks of drinking and about the risks of drinking and driving. Parent education has been found to help reduce the number of underage college drinkers. Parents may believe that other parents are permissive about their children’s alcohol use, when the reality is that the parent peer pressure is only perceived and not real. In fact, when parents were educated about the risks of binge drinking, their children were less likely to engage in the behavior.

If you or a loved one is facing a DUI charge, it is important to get help. With underage drinkers, judges may have discretion in suggesting rehabilitation and other consequences, rather than jail time or criminal charges. If you or your child is facing an underage drinking charge, you need a DUI lawyer on your side, fighting to help you get the best possible outcome for your case.