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Minors and DUI; special considerations, the need for counsel

Most drunk driving arrests in Orange County and elsewhere across Florida involve adult drivers. Minors, too, though, are sometimes arrested and charged with DUI, with their cases often involving special considerations based upon their relative youth.

State prosecutors and judges, while being understanding of the singular nature of drunk driving cases involving youthful offenders, are far from being uniformly sympathetic. Although legal authorities are sometimes willing to negotiate reduced sentences and alternative outcomes that are not routinely available for adult drivers, a harsh stance is sometimes taken to make a point and send a deterrent message.

We fully understand that at The Law Office of Corey I. Cohen & Associates in Orlando, based on on-point defense experience in hundreds of drunk driving cases. We appreciate the special concerns of parents and other care givers following a minor’s involvement in drinking-related behavior that results in a criminal charge.

Those concerns are justified, owing to the potential repercussions in a given case. A conviction for an underage offender will obviously result in a criminal record. That record can adversely affect prospects for college admission and scholarship opportunities. It can also result in employment and rental applications being tossed, the opportunity for military service to be permanently tabled, and community service requirements and other exactions. Additionally, driving privileges can be lost, and insurance rates can skyrocket.

Corey Cohen brings to the task of defending underage offenders rare and added experience as a former Florida prosecutor and public offender.

The Law Office of Corey I. Cohen & Associates handles all aspects of underage DUI cases, from investigation and negotiation to trial advocacy and the pursuit of record expungement.

For relevant information about the firm and this practice area, please visit us online at Orlando Underage Drinking Defense page.

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