The option should always be available based on the situation. I don't think someone who is less than a year away from the "legal definition of adulthood" should get special consideration if they get drunk and drive into a crowd of people. No law should be written in absolutes.
idiggory, King of Bards wrote:
I think I've said it in this thread already, but I believe that we have no legal right to treat minors as adults only when it suits us, in reactive ways that can only work to their detriment.