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Teen arrested for drunk driving, released on bond

A few weeks ago, we wrote a blog post about the varying charges and penalties related to driving under the influence charges in the state of Rhode Island. In that post, we talked about the "zero tolerance" blood alcohol limit for those who are underage. That limit is 0.02 (much lower than the normal 0.08 limit), and it appears than a teenager in Rhode Island has committed this offense.

The 19-year-old was driving his car when the vehicle overturned. Police on the scene administered field sobriety tests, and the teenager was arrested for driving under the influence. He was soon released on bond, though he now has a serious legal situation on his hands.

It is unclear if the DUI charge is simple the underage offense, or a more serious DUI charge. No BAC was listed in the source article.

Teens are going to make mistakes, and to be sure, this is a big one by the 19-year-old in question. Drinking and then driving is no laughing matter, and it needs to be taken seriously. But the charges against this young man could haunt him forever if they result in a guilty verdict or admission.

This isn't to say he's completely innocent -- but there is a legitimate chance that this DUI could derail the 19-year-old's future. His dreams, his goals, his life could all be forever changed because of one mistake he made during the most mistake-prone years of anyone's life.

Regardless of the circumstances of any DUI, the person accused of such an offense needs to defend himself or herself.

Source: Journal Inquirer, "R.I. teen charged with drunken driving," Nov. 17, 2014

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