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Stumbling UGA student charged with underage possession of alcohol

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.

Sometimes the pressure can be too much, though. And at the end of the school week, students, even underage students, might indulge in a little drinking to take the edge off. Students might assume that this is harmless, but they could jeopardize future academic or career opportunities if they are charged with underage drinking offenses or other offenses such as possession of a fake ID or drunk driving.

Last week, a University of Georgia student was arrested after an officer noticed the student "stumbling heavily" while walking on a sidewalk along Oak Street. The officer approached the student and reported that the odor of alcohol was detected. According to the Athens-Clarke County officer's report, the student was then asked to show the officer his ID, but the student claimed that he did not have his ID with him.

The officer then noticed that the student was carrying a wallet in his pants pocket. The student also informed the officer that he had not been drinking, but later agreed to take a breath test which revealed that the student had consumed some alcohol.

The student then checked his wallet for his ID, but the student's actions were suspicious, according to the officer. The student did show the officer his ID, which revealed that he was only 20 years old. The officer found another ID in the man's wallet that did not belong to him. The student claims that the ID belonged to his friend. He was arrested and charged with underage possession of alcohol. Reports have not indicated whether he was also charged with possession of a fake ID.

To protect one's rights and future opportunities, students who have been accused of underage drinking may want to consider working with an aggressive and experienced defense attorney.

Source: The Red and Black, "UGA student arrested with unfastened belt and open fly," Erica Techo, Sept. 7, 2012

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