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What happens if charged with underage drinking and driving?

If you are under the age of 21 and caught drinking and driving, you could face a myriad of serious criminal and administrative penalties. North Carolina has strict laws regarding underage drinking, and you would be wise to take the appropriate steps to protect your future.

You may be underage, but the penalties you are facing have the potential to make a serious impact on your college opportunities, future job opportunities and more. While much is at stake, a conviction or guilty plea is not your only option. With experienced legal support, you may be able to effectively confront these charges and avoid detrimental repercussions.

What are the penalties for drunk driving in Ohio?

Whether it is the first time or a repeat offense, getting arrested for drunk driving in Ohio can have serious consequences. If you are 21 or older, you can be charged with operating a vehicle under the influence (OVI). Those who are underage face being charged with operating a vehicle after underage consumption (OVAUC). Both can result in criminal charges and loss of driving privileges. 

An OVI or OVAUC charge should be taken seriously. Even if it is your first offense, you could face serious penalties if you are convicted.

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