A University of Georgia student was arrested over the weekend for carrying an open beer bottle while walking in public. The student had told the officer that she thought it was perfectly legal for her to walk around with an open container since she was over the age of 21. The woman was informed by the officer that it is illegal to walk around on public streets carrying open containers of alcohol in Athens. She was then arrested for the offense as well as for public drunkenness.
Earlier this year on our Athens, Georgia, DUI defense law blog, we had mentioned that Athens-Clarke County Police reported that they had arrested U.S. Rep. John Barrow's son for allegedly driving under the influence and possessing a small amount of marijuana. The 18-year-old has reportedly been arrested two more times here in Athens this month for alcohol-related offenses.
Parents in Athens and throughout Georgia may have already discussed the consequences and dangers of underage drinking and binge drinking with their kids, but a new report suggests that parents may need to do more than just warn their kids not to drink alcohol until they are legally able to do so.
When nature calls and there is no restroom nearby, some Athens residents or college students might be desperate enough to do their business in a somewhat secluded location in public in order to avoid the embarrassment of not making it to the restroom in time. But when someone decides to urinate in public in front of others, an already awkward situation may become even more embarrassing for folks if it results in an arrest.
It is not uncommon for parents in Georgia to worry every now and then about whether their children are hanging out with the wrong crowd. No parent wants their child to be pressured by friends into doing something that he or she may not be comfortable with doing.
The best thing Georgia residents can do to avoid a DUI conviction is to avoid the possibility of being arrested for driving while under the influence of alcohol. However, if Georgia residents do drive after drinking too many beers at the bar with friends and still make it home safely without running into any legal trouble, the next best thing folks can do -- in addition to not making the same mistake again -- is to avoid posting about one's poor decision on Facebook or any other social media site.
A freshman at the University of Georgia who was expected to play well during his first baseball season with the Bulldogs this spring is now trying to transfer to another school before the baseball season starts.
A report released last month by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration states that underage drinking is a "serious and persistent public health problem" in the United States.
Earlier this week on our Athens, Georgia, DUI defense law blog, we had mentioned that some college students and local residents are concerned about the number of underage drinking arrests local law enforcement officers are making each year. Although officers can issue a citation for underage drinking, hundreds of minors each year are being arrested instead in Clarke County for the offense. We also mentioned that an arrest results in far more serious consequences compared to a citation.
College students in Georgia and throughout the entire country may think there is no harm in letting loose on the weekends by drinking a couple of beers or taking a couple of shots of liquor, even when they are under the age of 21. However, underage students can actually face some very harsh consequences for drinking alcohol if they are caught by law enforcement authorities.