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Help For Students & Parents: Underage Drinking In Massachusetts

It's understandably difficult prepping your child for the real world. Alternatively, adjusting to life in college can be stressful. The need, want, and aching desire to fit in sometimes overrides our best judgment. Should you or your loved one be charged with an OUI­ whether it is a first or subsequent offense, let Attorney Joseph D. Bernard evaluate the situation and provide you with the best outcome possible.

Depending on the seriousness of the circumstances surrounding your underage DUI arrest, the gravity of the penalties you or your loved one face could result in incarceration, revocation of driving privileges, serious fines, and court surcharges, etc. Should you refuse a breath test, while being under the legal age you could lose your license for three years. Should you fail the breath test, your suspension could last thirty days. The normal legal limit of .08 does not apply to those under the age of twenty ­one. Any individual under the age of twenty-one with a breath test over .02 faces enhanced penalties.

Fines could vary from a couple hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars. Incarceration is up to two and a half years at the House of Corrections. Should you garner an alternative disposition, your child could potentially face probation for two years, a driver education program, coupled with fines and a one hundred and eighty-day suspension.

Each case is very different from the next. With today's police officers videotaping arrests, bookings, and admissions; it is very important to have a skilled attorney on your side. Attorney Joseph D. Bernard has the skill set garnered from many years on both sides of the fence. As a former assistant district attorney and now as a defense attorney, Joseph Bernard is capable of seeing every facet and angle in your case.

This provides him with the ability to render various options for you and your child to consider when navigating the legal system. Don't do it alone, and by all means, take advantage of the free consultation and case evaluation that Attorney Bernard is more than willing to offer.

Keep in mind subsequent offenses while underage DUI increases the penalties. Should you have been in a serious car accident and found to be impaired, this will enhance your penalties as well. Having just one drink could result in a breath test reading over the “legal limit” resulting in your arrest and conviction.

Fight to protect your future

If found guilty, you may be facing serious penalties and life altering consequences, including jail time, steep fines, court ordered alcohol treatment programs, and community service. In addition, your driver’s license can be suspended for an extended period of time. Depending on the specific circumstances pertaining to your case, your offense may be charged as a felony, which exponentially increases your penalties. Do not sit back and wait for your charges to resolve themselves. Be proactive and call immediately to secure the representation of Attorney Joseph Bernard to resolve your case in the most efficient way possible and with the most favorable outcome available to you.


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