An 18-year-old Twin Cities woman was arrested in Edina on a recent Saturday for underage drinking and driving. She will likely face a DWI charge in connection with the incident as well as further penalties for underage consumption.
The woman was pulled over on the 6500 block of France Avenue South for an unspecified traffic violation. It was after she was pulled over that officers discovered she was allegedly intoxicated and not of legal drinking age.
No further information about the woman’s arrest is available, but given her age and the fact that her arrest occurred on a Saturday, it is possible she had been drinking at a party or with a small group of friends. Many young people are attracted to the illicitness of drinking before they are old enough; because alcohol consumption is forbidden, it seems exotic and glamorous.
What these young people apparently forget is that drinking before you are old enough has serious legal consequences if an underage drinker is caught. Furthermore, driving after having too much to drink not only puts other innocent people in danger, but a drunk-driving conviction carries its own serious penalties and hassles.
Of course, it is best not to drink until you are old enough. But sometimes, peer pressure and a relaxed sense of judgment can lead young people to make mistakes. If you find yourself in trouble after driving while intoxicated – regardless of how old you are – it would not be a bad idea to speak about your case with an attorney who has had clients in positions similar to yours in the past. This attorney may be able to outline some options for you and help you make the best of what could otherwise be a very bad situation.
Source: The Star Tribune, “West Metro Police Blotter,” Aug. 23, 2011.