Earlier this week on our Athens, Georgia, DUI defense law blog, we had mentioned that a serious offense like manufacturing and distributing fake IDs could result in high school and college students being suspended from schools or universities. Serious criminal charges could also prevent students from being able to live on campus or obtain scholarships.
It is one thing to be accused of having a fake ID in your wallet when police in Athens suspect a student of underage drinking. Although underage alcohol-related charges and charges of possessing a fake ID are serious legal matters, students typically will not experience major problems with university authorities for a first-offense or minor offense.
As we have previously mentioned on our Athens, Georgia, DUI defense law blog, it is illegal and extremely dangerous to drive while one is intoxicated. Individuals who are younger than 21 and caught driving with even a little amount of alcohol in their system could be convicted of underage DUI. Drivers who are 21 or older could be convicted of DUI with a blood alcohol reading of 0.08 or higher.
According to AOL Sporting News, more than a dozen National Football League players have been charged with drinking and driving this year. Our very own Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner is the most recent NFL player to be arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. Turner was arrested earlier this week in Georgia.
When Athens-Clarke County Police conduct traffic stops, they are not only informing drivers that they have violated traffic laws or that their vehicles' lights might not be working properly, officers will also be looking for and documenting any type of suspicious activity or physical signs that a driver may be impaired.
College freshman and returning university students in Georgia might already be feeling the pressure of keeping their grades up. With competitive academic programs, internship programs and job markets, students need to show that they are educated and motivated young professionals if they want to take advantage of all of these opportunities.
The Associated Press recently reported that an actor on AMC's The Walking Dead series was arrested last month in Georgia.
The national "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign has ended. The total number of DUI arrests resulting from added patrols and checkpoints in Georgia through Labor Day has not yet been reported, but it is likely that the campaign resulted in dozens of drunk driving arrests over the past several days.