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How A Criminal Charge Can Ruin A College Education

College students facing criminal charges have two battles in front of them: one in the criminal justice system and one at school.

Most people accused of crimes are aware of the possible criminal penalties, including fines and incarceration. College students accused of crimes also run the risk of sanctions from their school. While sanctions vary from one school to the next, they can be serious. They can interfere with an education, or end it altogether, destroying future career plans.

Fast action is needed when facing a license suspension

We recently discussed how counterintuitive it is to suspend a person's driver's license. Sadly, that is the type of situation that many people have to face when they are charged with drunk driving in Oklahoma. We understand that you rely on your ability to drive to handle daily tasks. Being unable to do those tasks, such as grocery shopping, without having to rely on someone else is life altering.

When you are facing a driver's license suspension, you may have options to consider. It is important that we get to work on your case quickly after you find out that your license might be suspended. There are very strict timelines here that can't be altered. If you wait too long, you will likely have no recourse.

Driver's license suspensions can be counterintuitive

Drivers who are charged or convicted of drunk driving can sometimes have their license suspended. But, is that something that is effective? In some ways, it really isn't. One huge issue with suspending a person's driver's license is that doing so can be counterintuitive.

Think about some of the penalties that people get when they are convicted of a crime. They can face fines, court costs, time in jail or prison and other penalties. Some of the penalties involve having to take classes, go to the probation office or pay money. In order to do those, you need transportation.

You might have options for fighting DUI charges

Drunk driving is something that can signal other problems. As we discussed last week, being arrested for drunk driving could lead to a realization that you have an issue with alcohol. Getting help for that dependency on alcohol could be a key component in making sure that you don't have issues with drunk driving charges in the future.

The fact is that getting help for an alcoholic issue isn't going to stop the drunk driving charges from moving through the court system; however, being willing and able to admit that you have a problem that requires help might help your case in court. We know that alcoholic tendencies can lead people to do things they normally wouldn't do. We are here to help people who have a problem with alcohol to work their way through the court system.

Drunk driving might signal a problem with alcohol

If you are arrested for drunk driving, there is a chance that the arrest could be the final straw that makes you think about whether you need help for your drinking. There is a chance that you might be able to get the help you need as part of a diversion program through the court system if your problem is a dependency or addiction to alcohol. There are several signs that point to a problem with alcohol.

One sign of a problem with alcohol is drinking to relax and to feel better. This might not be an issue if you do this only occasionally; however, if you find yourself doing this more often than not, it is a sign that you are using alcohol to numb your emotions.

How does your body change as blood alcohol rises?

Alcohol's impact on each person is somewhat unique, which is one reason why it's important to work with a professional when you are dealing with drunk driving charges. While the impact of alcohol might be slightly different in your system, some generalizations can be made about how your body changes as you reach various levels of blood alcohol content.

At 0.02 BAC, which some people can reach with very little alcohol in the system, the body might become slightly warm and more relaxed. This is within the legal limit for an adult, but not for a minor. Also within the legal limit for an adult in most areas is a BAC of 0.05, which can result in sedation-like effects and a reaction time that is slowed.

Police officer wrecks cruiser, alcohol possibly a factor

Drunk driving charges don't know any limits. No matter what profession you are in or what your education level, you can face drunk driving charges if you are caught driving after you've had alcohol. In some cases, those charges might not come right away. This is shown in a case out of southwest Oklahoma.

The case involves a 22-year-old police officer who is said to have been traveling at high speeds in his police cruiser. He ended up driving off the roadway. He hit a fence after rolling the cruiser over twice. It took 30 minutes for the Waurika Fire Department to get him unpinned and free.

What are some DUI points I should know about in Oklahoma?

When you are thought to be driving drunk in Oklahoma, a chain of events starts. You will be asked for your identifying information and then you might be asked to complete a field sobriety test. From there comes your arrest and entry into the criminal justice system. Understanding basic points about DUIs might help you along the way.

Do I have to drive to be charged with DUI?

Underage drinking consequences can include criminal convictions

In our previous blog post, we discussed some of the effects of underage drinking. One of the effects that is possible is having to deal with the juvenile justice system or the criminal justice system, depending on your age. This can mean that you have to face penalties for your actions, which might include losing your driver's license or spending time behind bars.

If you were charged with an underage DUI, you are facing a very serious charge. The outcome of this case could affect you for life. We understand that young people, such as college students, might be tempted to drink at a party. It might be hard to find a ride home, so you decide to drive yourself there. Now you are facing the possibility of having a criminal conviction on your record because of a mistake.

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