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Do fraternities and sororities encourage DUIs?

A litany of stereotypes and preconceptions exist that surround Greek life on campus. Perhaps this is why many people with no experience or reliable knowledge of Greek organizations still have strong opinions. One of the most pervasive assumptions about fraternities and sororities is that they encourage members to engage in dangerous binge drinking, and binge drinking can lead to a DUI.

According to a study published in the NASPA Journal, there is a link between excessive drinking and Greek membership. Is it fair, then, to say that members of Greek organizations are more likely to get a DUI? Not necessarily, but you should be aware of drinking that may occur during the following events and ensure that you have a designated driver if you plan to drink:

Can officers search your car during a traffic stop?

Getting pulled over by Oklahoma law enforcement officers for an alleged traffic offense is bad enough. You should know your rights and not let a traffic stop escalate into drug charges, too. How could this happen, you ask? What if the officer searches your car and finds drugs?

Which brings up another question: is an officer within his or her legal rights to search your car for drugs during a traffic stop? No – with one exception. If (s)he can see drugs or other suspicious items in plain view when (s)he looks in your windows, then (s)he can search. Otherwise, (s)he must ask you for your permission, and you do not have to give him or her that permission. Of course you should never “mouth off” to a law enforcement officer, but you also do not have to submit to a vehicle search. Simply decline the officer’s request.

Could my child get in trouble for having my prescription bottle?

Your college student came home to visit and got sick or exhibited certain behaviors. You gave him or her your prescription medication from when you had the same issue, and your child went back to school.

However, you have become worried that your child could get in trouble if caught with your prescription bottle. Could criminal charges or the like actually happen? The answer is yes.

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.

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