During the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, an independent student newspaper for the University of Georgia wrote an article that informed students that any arrest of a student would be reported by law enforcement to university officials. This includes arrests for underage drinking, possession of marijuana and drunk driving.
Before you go out celebrating this evening, you may want to consider downloading an app for your iPhone or Android in order to prevent you or your friends from getting behind the wheel of a vehicle after welcoming the New Year with a few glasses of champagne.
Earlier this week on our Athens, Georgia, DUI law blog, we discussed how it is legal for drivers to refuse to take field sobriety tests, urine tests and breath tests after being suspected of drunk driving and why some drivers may choose to do so in order to avoid DUI charges or a conviction.
When an individual is pulled over in a traffic stop in Athens, Georgia, for suspected drunk driving, police may request that the individual take several field sobriety tests or a breath test in order to determine if the individual should be arrested for DUI. There are many reasons why a driver might choose to refuse a field sobriety test or breath test in Georgia, but drivers also need to be aware of the consequences of doing so.
As noted in a previous post, a national DUI crackdown is underway under the direction of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The crackdown is timed to overlap with Labor Day and the few weeks leading up to the long holiday and the end of summer. The crackdown began on August 19 and will run all the way through Labor Day weekend, or September 5.
Lindsay Lohan was sentenced on Wednesday to 120 days in jail for violating her probation after pleading no contest to the theft of a necklace. Lohan is still on probation related to arrests on suspicion of driving under the influence in 2007. Lohan's attorney entered the no contest plea on her behalf, as Lohan was not in court. The plea does not include an admission of guilt, but it is a conviction.
A previous post discussed the high costs of a DUI conviction and why, therefore, it is important to mount a proper defense in the face of any DUI charges. While the tangible costs of fines, alcohol education classes and probation costs can be high, a recent article in The Augusta Chronicle also notes the more intangible costs associated with a DUI arrest and conviction.
The DUI arrest of former University of Georgia athletic director Damon Evans was one of Athens' top news stories of 2010. A recent article in the Athens Banner-Herald discusses the story's effect on the community of UGA and the greater Athens community as well as the aftermath of the incident for Evans and UGA's athletic program.
From Athletic Director to Marketer, Damon Evans' DUI arrest last July has prompted the University of Georgia employee to seek a fresh start in a different career. On the cusp of Evans' impending court appearance this Monday to face his DUI charge, information has been released reporting Evans had taken up work in Boston with a local marketing firm.
Lindsay Lohan was released early from inpatient rehab on Tuesday by a Los Angeles Superior Court Judge. At a hearing on Wednesday, the judge laid out the terms of Lohan's early release. The 24-year-old star of "Mean Girls" and "Herbie Fully Loaded" will have to attend counseling several times a week until November. The sessions will include psychotherapy and addiction counseling. Lohan will also have to remain in the Los Angeles area and submit at least twice a week to random drug and alcohol testing.