Last week, we wrote that a surprising number of young Americans will be or have been arrested by the time they turn 23. Juvenile crime may now be more prevalent than in the past.
Our other post last week warned drivers that Maryland police have been increasing DUI enforcement around the holidays, particularly this weekend for New Year's Eve. In light of these two stories, it may come as no surprise that a small but significant number of Maryland teenagers may find themselves facing underage DUI charges this weekend.
According to a recent national survey, about 10 percent of high school teenagers admit that they have driven under the influence on New Year's Eve at some point in the past. The survey was conducted at 28 high schools around the country and included responses from nearly 2,300 students.
The survey results show that New Year's Eve is the most common holiday or occasion for teenagers to drive under the influence. But according to law enforcement statistics, this is also one of the most popular times for adults to drink and drive as well.
In response to the survey results, one police officer noted: "It's not just under-age drinkers. It's an across-the-board increase. DUIs are extremely prevalent this time of year."
As we have previously written, students convicted of DUI (or any crime) have a lot to lose, including scholarships, school sports eligibility, employment/internship opportunities and even admission to certain colleges and universities. That's why it's especially important for any young person facing criminal charges to seek the help of a qualified criminal defense attorney.
Source: PoliceOne.com, "New Year's big for teen DUIs," Zack Stoycoff, Dec. 29, 2011