Georgia residents and students may be looking forward to the long weekend coming up. Plans might include a weekend getaway, a barbeque or the completion of a home project. Many folks will probably sit back and relax with a cold beer or glass of wine at some point. But if that is the case, folks need to make sure that they plan ahead for a safe ride home.
Over the weekend, a local woman was pulled over by an Athens-Clarke County Police officer after the officer allegedly saw the woman's vehicle drift in and out of her lane of traffic several times. The woman was later charged with DUI.
In a college area like Clarke County, Georgia, police will no doubt be on high alert for drunk driving. It's always suspected that young drivers are more reckless than adults. But sometimes when one is arrested for drunk driving, things may not always be as they appear.
Last week, a University of Georgia student who forgot to turn her car's headlights on before hitting the road was arrested by an Athens-Clarke County Police officer after the officer conducted a traffic stop. The 20-year-old student was charged with DUI and underage possession of alcohol.
Last week on our Athens, Georgia, DUI defense law blog, we mentioned that college sports players could be suspended from playing in games if they are charged with serious offenses such as drunk driving.
Country music singer Randy Travis now has something else to sing about after he was arrested and charged with drunk driving last week.
After having been wrongly accused of committing a serious offense in Georgia such as driving under the influence of alcohol, an individual may certainly be relieved when evidence can prove that he or she was not driving drunk or that an arrest was not conducted lawfully. Unfortunately, it can take days, weeks or months in some cases before an individual's name will be cleared of DUI charges.
Any Athens resident who is arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol will be forced to face several unpleasant consequences, even if the individual is never convicted of DUI.
Underage drinking may seem like a minor offense. But what some teens don't realize is that drinking alcohol at a young age may lead to serious struggles with addiction in the future.