For most American teenagers, prom is an important rite of passage. And for high school students in New Jersey, it is no different. While prom is an exciting and memorable time in one’s life, it can also be a very dangerous time if teenagers are not responsible. If your teenager has been arrested for drinking while intoxicated (DWI), it is imperative to consult a seasoned New Jersey DWI attorney without delay. We don’t believe that a simple mistake should cost your child his or her entire future, which is precisely why we will help you mount a vigorous defense in your case.
Sadly, there are a number of startling realities about the use of alcohol among teenagers on prom night. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 300 teens have died in alcohol-related auto accidents during prom weekend over the past several years. A 2014 survey published by the American Automobile Association (AAA) found that 31 to 41 percent of teenagers said it was likely that they or their friends would use alcohol or drugs on prom night. Perhaps the scariest part is, according to Students Against Drunk Drivers, more than 85 percent of teenagers told their peers they are more likely to drive impaired than call their parents because they are scared of getting in trouble.
In New Jersey, drivers under 21 are legally impaired when their blood alcohol content (BAC) is .01 percent or more. This is a lower BAC limit than for individuals over 21 years of age, who are considered to be legally drunk when they have a BAC of 0.08 percent or higher.