As a parent, you have plenty to worry about when it comes to the safety and health of your child. Throughout your child’s life, your concerns will shift and change as he or she does. As the parent of a California teenager, you may already have your hands full. Once your teenager receives his or her license, the worries may increase. Often, a person’s first experience with alcohol happens while underage. The problem is that this not only breaks the laws in terms of drinking age, but if the teenager gets behind the wheel, it can break further laws.

Teenage fatalities

Car accidents are one of the leading causes of teenage fatalities in the U.S. Teenagers are impulsive; they do not always consider the consequences of their actions, including underage drinking. If an officer stopped your teenager for a DUI, you have multiple worries to consider. You may have to follow the incident with conversations on the dangers of drinking and driving and the problems with underage drinking.

Teenage penalties

This does not end your concerns either. You also have to worry about the penalties involved when a teenager faces a DUI. The consequences for a minor who drinks and drives may be worse than the penalties an adult would receive. Even if your teen drank very little, it can show up in the bloodstream quickly.

For instance, a teenager may receive 48 hours in jail, may lose his or her good driving status for 10 years and may have to install an ignition interlock device. If someone suffered an injury during the accident, or worse, your teen may face felony charges.

There is no lack of penalties for those who face a DUI. Even if it is your teen’s first drunk driving charge, you have to be careful not to assume that the courts will go easy on him or her. The laws are strict, even for minors.