What can you do if your teen is arrested for a DUI?

On Behalf of | Feb 13, 2024 | Juvenile Criminal Defense |

Driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol is a serious offense for anyone. But the consequences can be different for a teenager. Besides facing DUI consequences, they may also face the penalties of violating Louisiana’s underage drinking laws.

So, what should you do when your teen is arrested for a DUI:

Stay calm

Your emotions may be all over the place when your child is arrested for a DUI. You may be angry, scared, disappointed and so on. But this may not be the time to express your feelings, as your child may be feeling guilty, embarrassed and afraid. Thus, you need to calm the situation by controlling your emotions when you receive that call.

Reassure them that you are there for them and urge them not to discuss the matter with the police until you get to the station. When you get to the police station, you should talk to your teen. Ask them about what happened before, during and after the arrest. You should be calm enough for them to be comfortable telling you the circumstances surrounding the DUI.

Be honest

While you should be calm and supportive, your teen should know the severity of their case. Inform them of the potential penalties they may face. You may also take this time to tell them of the home consequences you will impose. For example, you can limit their access to the car or set a new curfew.

In the meantime, the most important thing you can do to help your teen is find experienced legal guidance. Focus on protecting your child’s future, so that this mistake does not unnecessarily damage their life.


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