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Teenager defending a DWI charge will spend time in youth facility

California teens may experiment by using drugs and drinking alcohol. They may have seen their adult role models doing so, or they could have succumbed to peer pressure. News channels regularly report cases of an adolescent and young adult defending a DWI charge.

In a recent case of suspected drunk driving, a 17-year-old girl was sentenced by a judge in a juvenile court to spend time at a facility for youthful offenders. This follows a hit-and-run accident that occurred on Feb. 12. A 20-year-old man and his friends were skateboarding down Carlsbad Boulevard when a vehicle, allegedly driven by the adolescent girl, knocked him down. The man was killed by the impact of the crash. It was reported that the girl's passengers told her to pull over, but she drove on, and the car was later found a short distance away.

The girl apparently admitted to drinking before driving on that day, and also confessed that she had driven under the influence of alcohol and had abused drugs on other occasions. The judge sentenced the girl to 16 months for the hit-and-run felony, and he instructed her to attend programs for alcohol and drug abuse and will also require her to face more probation stipulations after her release from the Youthful Offenders Unit. The girl's legal counsel asked for her case to be sealed and dismissed after completion of the rehab programs because this was her first offense, but the judge denied this request.

This California teenager could be returned to custody for up to four years if she violates her probation as a grown-up. She also has to revisit juvenile court after one year, at which time the situation will be reviewed. When an individual is defending a DWI charge, it may be beneficial to acquire the necessary information related to the drunk driving laws of the state.

Source: utsandiego.com, Teen sentenced in drunken, fatal hit-run, Pauline Repard, March 13, 2014

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