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Teens, peer pressure and drunk driving

For teenagers, life can become very complicated when drunk driving allegations arise. Attorney John B. Seed knows how this situation can upend life for a family and is very difficult for young drivers and their parents. Unfortunately, teenagers sometimes face challenges that may pop up on a daily basis, such as peer pressure. While people from various age groups may find themselves facing DUI charges or put in a position where there is pressure to drive after drinking, such as during a family celebration, this issue can be especially hard for teenagers.

Can DUI charges affect travel?

If you are charged with driving under the influence, you may have an array of uncertainties related to your circumstances. For example, you may wonder how the charges could impact your life, which may include your relationships with friends and relatives and your employment as well. However, there are other consequences related to DUI charges that people in Boston and other parts of Massachusetts may not realize. For example, these charges could affect your ability to travel.

Hardship Licenses in Massachusetts

A DUI conviction can bring with it several consequences, including fines and possibly even jail time (depending on the circumstances). Some may think that, if convicted, once the aforementioned penalties have been satisfied, their ordeals are over. Yet one result of a DUI convinction can continue to hinder drivers long after their offenses: license suspension. According to Section 24(3) of Massachusett's General Laws, one who has had his or her license suspended due to driving under the influence cannot have it reinstated for one year. During that time, however, he or she may still need to travel around Boston to attend work, school and other important appointments. How is he or she to do that without a license? 

Pros and cons of taking the breathalyzer

Drivers who have been drinking in Massachusetts and are stopped by the police will be asked to take a roadside breathalyzer test. While it is ultimately the driver's choice whether to take the test or not, there are things to be aware of so the right decision can be made. According to Massachusetts Law, drivers are unable to contact an attorney about the decision beforehand, so knowing the pros and cons is important.

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