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Mom sells teen's car to punish him for driving drunk

If you are convicted of drunk driving or a related offense, you could be facing any of a number of consequences, such as jail time, probation, monetary fines, the use of an ignition interlock device and others. Recently, one creative mother decided to inflict her own version of punishment on her teenage son after she caught him driving drunk: she put his car up for sale.

To do so, the 16-year-old's mother put an ad in the local newspaper. "VERY angry mother," the ad read. "Son forgot to use his brain and got caught drunk driving." She requested $3,500 for her son's pickup truck, but stated that she would accept the best offer. Clearly, she is intent on making this punishment happen, and it is not one her son will likely soon forget.

While the teenager probably considers this to be a harsh punishment, in reality, it is far from it. Depending on the circumstances, juvenile arrests and convictions for underage drinking and other offenses can follow a teen for many years, if not the rest of their lives.

However, it appears that underage drinking may be on the decline, at least among certain age groups. In a recent survey, fewer than 30 percent of eighth graders admitted to drinking, which is the lowest number for that age group since the survey was first administered in 1991. However, more than 50 percent of high school seniors admitted that they had been drunk within the past month.

Because those older teens generally have the ability to drive, they also have a greater risk of DWI arrests. If that occurs, it may be a good idea to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to help ensure that the charge won't follow the teen driver for the rest of his or her life.

Source: AOL Autos, "Teen's Punishment For Drunk Driving? Mom Sells His Car," Pete Bigelow, Jan. 11, 2013

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