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Athens GA DUI Law Blog

University of Georgia player back on track after arrests

Jonathan Ledbetter, a defensive lineman for the University of Georgia, nearly had his college career, potential football career and possibly his entire life derailed by two alcohol-related arrests.

Ledbetter was arrested in March of last year at an Athens bar for underage drinking and having a fake ID. Because of potential problems with the way the evidence against him was obtained, the charges were dropped.

A DUI could lead to deportation under the new administration

Even a first DUI can have serious legal consequences -- particularly if other drivers or passengers are injured as a result. However, for undocumented immigrants, one DUI could potentially lead to deportation under the Trump administration.

In a recent interview, Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly discussed the administration's plans to deport people for criminal offenses that the Obama administration didn't consider serious enough to refer to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for deportation proceedings.

Know what to do if you are stopped for impaired driving

Facing charges for driving under the influence or driving while impaired is a very serious matter. If you recall, we recently discussed the case of the driver who was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs and the passenger, who happened to play football for the University of Georgia at Athens, also faces charges in connection with the stop.

This case clearly shows that Georgia takes a harsh stance against driving if you have impairing substances in your body. You can face criminal charges for driving after smoking marijuana or using other drugs. In these cases, you need to find a defense option that takes the specific evidence into account.

University of Georgia football player arrested after DUI stop

A University of Georgia football player was arrested earlier this month when the driver of a car he was riding in was pulled over after nearly hitting another vehicle. That driver was charged with DUI marijuana as well as possession of marijuana and failure to yield on a left turn.

Meanwhile, UGA wide receiver Riley Ridley was charged with possession of marijuana. Both the driver and Ridley allegedly had under an ounce of the drug in their possession in plastic bags, which carries a misdemeanor charge. Under UGA athletic policy, Ridley was suspended for one game, since this was his first offense.

Simulator shows students impact of alcohol, texting on driving

With college students on spring break around the country and St. Patrick's Day coming up, Albany State University recently offered a program called Arrive Alive. It uses simulators and other tools to show college students what can happen if they are impaired or distracted while driving.

Of course, drivers of all ages engage in these dangerous activities. However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that drivers under the age of 20 are responsible for the highest percentage of distraction-related fatalities.

Is the Athens DUI/Drug Court the best solution for you?

For many people who find themselves charged with a DUI or drug-related crime, jail time is not the best option, either for them or for the community. That's where the Athens DUI/Drug Court comes in.

Started back in 2001 in the State Court of Clark County, this court is designed to prevent repeat offenses, increase community safety and get participants the help they need to improve the quality of their lives. Since its inception, it has received funding from the Governor's Office of Highway Safety to increase the number of people it can serve.

Underage drinking has immediate and long-term consequences

Even the most attentive parents may be shocked to learn how young many kids are when they start drinking -- too often with serious and even fatal results. According to the National Institute on Alcohol and Alcoholism, more than a third of teens have consumed at least one drink by the time they're 15. Nearly two-thirds have drunk alcohol by the time they reach 18.

Of particular risk is binge drinking, which is defined as having five or more drinks at one time. While many people associate that with fraternity and sorority parties, more than 90 percent of the alcohol consumption by those in the 12-to-20 range is through binge drinking. While boys and girls drink approximately the same amount overall, as adolescents get older, males are more likely to binge drink than females.

Frito-Lay aims to decrease drunk driving on Super Bowl Sunday

Frito-Lay is partnering with Uber and Mothers Against Drunk Driving to keep intoxicated drivers off the road this upcoming Super Bowl Sunday. The snack giant has created a special limited addition Tostitos "Party Safe" bag to encourage people to get home safely.

The bag is equipped with technology that detects alcohol on a person's breath. When someone breathes into the bag, if any alcohol is detected, the sensor forms a big red steering wheel image on the bag with the words "Don't Drink and Drive." It also provides an Uber code. When drivers enter that code into the Uber app on game day (Feb. 5), they get $10 off their ride. They can also tap the bag with their phone, and an Uber ride will be summoned automatically.

DUIs can result from a range of legal drugs

Most people assume charges of driving under the influence involve overindulging on alcoholic beverages. However, DUI charges cover a wide range of drugs, both illegal and legal, prescription and over-the-counter.

In every state in the country, if a person's driving is determined to be impaired by any drug(s), he or she can be arrested and potentially convicted of DUI.

Georgia teen kills himself after police break up party

Fulton County authorities say that a 14-year-old high school student took his own life the day after police were called to a party at his home that allegedly involved underage drinking and marijuana use. According to the medical examiner's office, the teen shot himself.

The boy's parents were away at the time of the party at the family's home in Milton. He was left with his 20-year-old sister, who reportedly was participating in the activities.