Part of the college experience is enjoying time with friends. Sometimes, this means having an alcoholic drink to celebrate a big win or another special occasion. When alcohol is involved, it is not uncommon for individuals, including college students, to make a bad decision that leads to them being caught in a legal situation. It can be hard to know what to do next, but a DWI or DUI charge can have devastating impacts on a college student’s future and reputation. The team at Shane Phelps Law can help explain the important steps.
It is important to know how you can protect yourself when a police stop occurs. When law enforcement proceeds with an arrest, they are looking at every detail and piece of evidence in order to obtain a successful conviction. In these situations, remember there are steps you can take to protect yourself. First, know that you have the right to remain silent. When talking to the police, they can utilize what you say as evidence. Furthermore, you should always schedule and attend a hearing with the support and guidance of an experienced defense attorney.
Difference in Charges
There are also potential differences between charges depending on the age of the individual driving. If the college student is under 21, they can expect to be charged and arrested for a DUI in the event there is any trace of alcohol in their system when stopped. This is due to the fact that drinking under 21 is illegal. However, drivers 21 or older will be charged with a DWI if they are stopped due to alcohol impacting their ability to drive safely.
What Do Students Face?
In a previous blog, we discussed the penalties for first-time DUI or DWI offenses. These do not necessarily differ much for college students if this is their first DUI/DWI charge. However, students may also face additional repercussions from their college or university. While Texas law does not require you to inform your college of arrest, they may become aware of your charges. Regardless, a DUI or DWI charge has the potential to drastically impact a student’s career and distract them from focusing on what is important.
Shane Phelps Law, Providing Student Support
When a student is facing DUI or DWI charges, it is crucial to retain a knowledgeable attorney. At Shane Phelps Law, we understand that sometimes college students make mistakes. We understand the potential impacts that these charges can leave on their future. Contact us for a free consultation.