Alcohol consumption is common on university campuses and often leads to instances of drinking while driving. If you find yourself charged with an alcohol-related offense, speak with a DUI lawyer. A student defense attorney could be your advocate both in court and in any campus disciplinary hearing.
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Drunk Driving Laws
The law states that those who get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle hold a duty of care. This means that each driver who takes to the road must behave reasonably and with the safety of their fellow drivers and pedestrians in mind. Drivers who engage in deliberately reckless behaviors can be accused of violating their duty of care, thus endangering the lives of their peers.
Students accused of driving under the influence in private or commercial vehicles can face accusations both of negligence and of deliberate violation of their state’s alcohol statutes. Parties with blood alcohol levels (BAC) over 0.08 when pulled over will face more severe charges than they would have had they merely been caught speeding or ignoring street signs.
These consequences grow even more serious if a DUI involves the injury of another party. Accidents involving the use of alcohol, especially if it leads to personal injury or death, have more severe consequences than those solely involving the inappropriate use of alcohol. It is necessary to retain the services of a DUI attorney when law enforcement gets involved. There is the possibility that the BAC level was still within the legal limit or that a drunk individual might not have technically been in control of a moving vehicle at the time of an arrest. A lawyer could investigate further and determine if the charges were unwarranted.
Potential Consequences for a DUI
Students accused of driving under the influence can face consequences both through their universities and from local courts. Attorney-advisors and DUI lawyers can help students address concerns on both fronts, although each will need to be addressed individually.
A person accused of driving while under the influence of alcohol can face criminal charges. The consequences for conviction often include fines, license suspension, and/or a jail sentence. These penalties will be more severe if the accused is facing a second or third DUI case. Similarly, all accidents involving personal injury or wrongful death may generate civil consequences as well.
Each university has its own student code of conduct. This code highlights the behaviors that the university deems unacceptable, as well as the associated sanctions. Students accused of driving while under the influence may be suspended or dismissed from their program of choice. However, they often retain the right to appeal these decisions. You can work with an attorney-advisor to learn more about the university’s appeal process.
Talk to a DUI Attorney for Legal Advice
Each driver who takes to the road owes their peers a duty of care. Accidents can happen for a myriad of reasons but the presence of alcohol poses extra risks. If you have been accused of driving under the influence, you have the right to defend yourself in court with assistance from a DUI lawyer. One of KJK’s experienced attorneys can advocate for you against these charges and any penalties that might come with it. In addition, they can argue in your favor during disciplinary hearings that threaten your academic future. Reach out to us and learn how we can assist you in this situation.
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