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.
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.
Many University of Georgia students, like college students around the country, have come to rely on energy drinks to provide the caffeine they need to stay awake and alert through the night to cram for exams and finish papers. These highly-caffeinated drinks, if overused, can present some health dangers. However, combining them with alcohol, as many students do, can pose particularly serious risks.
Youthful exuberance often is responsible for some bad decisions, and sometimes the consequences of those bad decisions can have lasting repercussions. As a college town, there is a lot of revelry that goes on in Athens, and some of it involves underage drinking and drinking and driving.
If you get charged with driving under the influence it can have life-altering consequences no matter how old you are. But if you are an underage student athlete at the University of Georgia (or for that matter, any school), it can jeopardize the entire trajectory of your future.
To be young is to be carefree, and part of the follies of youth means making mistakes. However, when those mistakes include an arrest for driving while intoxicated, the consequences can be far-reaching and serious.
When most people travel out of town, whether it is on a getaway vacation or to visit friends and family living out of state, they rarely consider the possibility of winding up behind bars.
If you are a college student, it seems as if the world is your oyster, with good times and many potential opportunities awaiting you. But all of that can change if you rack up a conviction for driving under the influence.
People often erroneously believe that as long as they are not the driver of the vehicle, they are free to consume alcoholic beverages while riding in an automobile. However, doing so is a violation of Georgia's open container law.
If you get arrested for impaired driving in Georgia, a conviction for even a first offense can potentially land you behind bars for a year. However, that is not all that you have to worry about.