Drinking & Driving on Campus
Getting charged with drunk driving is like having a thorn - no make that a stake - in your side for a long time. If you don’t act quickly and accurately, your license will be suspended, you will owe thousands of dollars in fines, you will spend days in jail or doing community service related to alcohol misuse, and you will have a permanent spot on your record. And that is just what the state hands out.
In addition, the University has its own conduct regulations and on and off-campus incidents like drunk driving could get you suspended, expelled or dismissed. As a student just starting out in life, you can’t afford any of these punishments let alone all of them. A knowledgeable defense attorney can help.
You are bound to be stopped at some point in your college career if you go to parties, bars, festivals or sporting events. If and when you are stopped, respect the police officers but know your rights. First and foremost, be polite and serious. Remember that the stop is likely being recorded. When possible, stand up straight and speak clearly but protect yourself by saying and doing as little as possible. It is your right to refuse the field sobriety tests, incriminating questions and Breathalyzer machine.
When you refuse the breathalyzer, the officer will ask for a blood sobriety test. You are only required to submit to this test once a judge has issued a warrant requiring you to submit to the blood test. After the stop, reach out to a criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. If you are charged with a DWI, you only have a small window to keep your drivers license from being suspended and any extra time you can give your attorney to mount your defense will pay off. Expereinced DWI attorney's will also be able to help you navigate the University’s disciplinary system as well.