In our state, the legal drinking age is 21, and the issue of underage people becoming drunk and getting behind the wheel has become an increasing problem. Minors between 16 to 18 years old, especially among high school students, are the group most at risk of drinking and driving underage. The exact correlation may not be immediately present may face juvenile crime charges for underage consumption in Tennessee. This offense is also called “Minor in Possession” (MIP).
Prosecutors have the burden of proving the following:
- The individual arrested was under the age of 21.
- He or she had been drinking wine, beer, or liquor, or any other liquid that may be intoxicating.
Drinking underage is one thing, but choosing to drive while drunk elevates the charge to a very serious crime. In our state, officers adhere to a very rigid and strict “zero tolerance” policy, and will heavily enforce those laws if they suspect anyone has been drinking underage.
Hiring an Attorney May Be Your Best Bet
Your chances of walking away from the criminal accusation favorable increase when you have a Nashville DUI attorney behind you. A lawyer will review the evidence that has been uncovered as well as witness testimonials, if available. We do everything in our power to preserve the information that can situate you in a more favorable light. The investigation should begin as soon as possible after the case, so it is urgent that you contact a member of our team at Collins Legal.
If you or a loved one has been arrested, do not wait to seek counsel! Call us at (615) 610-0728.