We all make mistakes. Nobody is immune to that. That fact is, after all, what makes us human. As youth, we may be even more prone to mistakes and as adults, we accept the errors with greater tolerance, because we know with mistakes comes our greatest chance to learn. And in every punishment comes a lesson; we simply must be receptive to it. Which is why a zero-tolerance rule may not be the answer. It is possibly intended to strike fear into the other youth who hear that those transgressions landed their friends in legal trouble, but does it actually work?

It is a crime to purchase and possess alcohol as a youth aged 20 or younger in Louisiana. If a youth is caught driving with alcohol in his or her system, the youth is likely facing charges that can effectively change the course of his or her life.

There is a zero-tolerance law when it comes to minors driving with any trace of alcohol in their systems. That means that a young person who is hurt in a wreck because they made the mistake of drinking and driving will now be considered a criminal and have the stigma that goes with it. Employers may not hire them, and insurance may not cover them.

If you want to have every chance possible to stop the threat of a record put on a minor, finding a qualified criminal defense attorney familiar with local courts in Florida is imperative. Let a mistake be a lesson learned, not a life-ending nightmare.