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 and other Athens, Georgia, residents who are under the age of 21 understand that it is illegal for them to drink alcohol. However, they might not realize that they could face burdensome legal, academic and social consequences for underage drinking, even if their actions cause no harm or disruption to others.
Last week, a student newspaper for the University of Georgia reported that one of the university's students had been arrested at a local bar after police suspected that the student was drinking underage. Had the student only been charged with underage possession of alcohol, his arrest might not have caught the university's attention. However, the student could have some big amends to make with school officials as a result of the circumstances of his arrest.
If you can't make it to the restroom in time, sometimes you just need to go wherever you can find a somewhat secluded spot in public. Well, that's how one Athens man justified urinating in public over St. Patrick's Day weekend. Unfortunately, that decision also got him into a little a trouble with the law.
If you have been reading our Athens, Georgia, DUI law blog for awhile now, you have probably come to the conclusion that DUI arrests are not as uncommon as they should be and numerous students and professionals have been charged with drinking and driving under a variety of circumstances in the state of Georgia.
A man was charged last weekend with driving under the influence after police found him allegedly driving his riding lawnmower while under the influence of alcohol. This is a new one for the blog, which has covered driving cars, trucks and boats while intoxicated, riding bikes and wheelchairs and even a horse while intoxicated, but never mowing the lawn while intoxicated. This man was arrested over the weekend after a neighbor reportedly called police apparently worried for the 53-year-old man's safety.
Christina Aguilera was arrested for drunkenness after the car she was riding in was pulled over by law enforcement officers. The singer's boyfriend, who was driving the car, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, police officers said that Aguilera was "extremely intoxicated" when they pulled her over near the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles.
This blog has covered arrests for driving a car while intoxicated, driving a wheelchair while intoxicated, riding a bicycle while intoxicated and boating while intoxicated, but here's a new one -- riding a horse while intoxicated. According to The Statesman, two men were recently arrested for riding a horse and a mule into downtown Austin, Texas, while under the influence of alcohol.