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How a DUI negatively impacts college students

Driving under the influence of alcohol in Oklahoma is a recipe for disaster. In the state, drivers are under implied consent. This means if a police officer pulls over a driver on suspicion of drunk driving, the person has to comply. A refusal can result in automatic license suspension. 

There are numerous possible consequences for a DUI conviction. Jail time and fines are some of the more widely discussed penalties, but college students may face even more punishments. Many colleges punish students who drive under the influence, so students may have to contend with a lot more than a fine and suspended license. 

What to do at a DUI stop in Oklahoma

Now that you are a college student and on your own, you probably feel a sense of freedom. However, you may also feel some anxiety over all the things you are accountable for now. With some education and preparation, you will be okay no matter what comes along.

A likely situation you will face at college is partying. However you decide to handle the drinking scene at school, you need to know what to do in case the police ever pull you over for a DUI stop. The consequences of a DUI are severe, both from the justice system and university, especially if you are under 21.

Trace amounts of marijuana could get you a DUI conviction

It is widely understood that drunk driving is illegal, but what about driving under the influence of marijuana? You might not think that driving after or while you smoke is a big deal, but the law says otherwise. Oklahoma law deems it unlawful for anyone to operate a vehicle under the influence of marijuana.

You might have questions about this law. How much THC has to show up in a blood test? What are the punishments? Find the answers below.

How does alcohol affect the teenage brain?

If you are under the age of 21 and drink alcohol, you do so illegally, and the legal consequences can be far-reaching. License suspension, fines and even jail time are just a few examples of what you may face if you are arrested for DUI in Oklahoma, but the health risks may be even more serious.


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.

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