Georgia students who are concerned about the effect that a drunk driving charge could have on their academic and career prospects may be interested in a case involving a 19-year-old motorist who was taken into custody in Conyers in June. News reports indicate that the man is facing an underage DUI charge following a traffic stop on Honey Creek Road near a local high school.
The man is believed to have been under the influence of marijuana, a depressant and a narcotic when the incident occurred. He was pulled over by Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office deputies after a witness who was traveling behind his vehicle on Highway 20 called 911 to report a possible impaired driver. Sources say that one of the deputies who responded to the call is certified as a Drug Recognition Expert.
According to the incident report, the deputy noted that the driver appeared disoriented and confused and that his speech was slurred when questioned by law enforcement officials. No odor of alcohol was detected by officials, but during the investigation, the driver admitted that he had smoked marijuana earlier that evening and that he was undergoing treatment for opiate addiction. Reports also indicate that the man performed poorly on field sobriety tests administered by deputies.
Those who find themselves charged with underage DUI may want to know that in addition to penalties handed down by the court, they could face serious consequences in their academics under some circumstances. These consequences include a risk of suspension, loss of scholarships and financial assistance, and expulsion from university housing. Charged students could also be denied entrance to some professional programs or fields of study. However, a conviction is not a foregone conclusion, and an attorney may be able to identify deficiencies in the prosecution’s case which could lead to a dismissal of the charges or an acquittal in criminal court.
Source: Newton Citizen, “RCSO arrests 19-year-old believed to be driving under influence of drugs“, Aimee Jones , June 28, 2014