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Binge Drinking - A Health Risk and Risk to Your License?

Steven R. Andrade Jan. 19, 2015

College students who are arrested and charged with DUIs face serious consequences. The penalties may extend far beyond the penalties they will deal with in a conviction. Future opportunities for employment and education can be destroyed. A DUI conviction may stay on your permanent criminal record forever, and a background check by a potential employer will quickly reveal an arrest and conviction. With a tough job market, it can be assumed that the DUI offender will be passed over for another candidate, no matter how impressive the qualifications, education, and experience may be.

Are College Students Unfairly Targeted?

College students are often the focus of stories in the media about heavy drinking, and many people may make the assumption that this group is most likely guilty of consuming large quantities of alcohol and then driving, above and beyond any other age group. The facts about impaired driving reveal that this is not necessarily true.

A report issued by the CDC shows that in 2012, of drivers with BAC levels of 0.08 percent or higher who were involved in fatal crashes, 32 percent were between 21 and 24 years of age, 27 percent were between the ages of 24 and 34, and 24 percent were between 35 and 44 years old. There is a slim difference between college-age students and other drivers who have been involved in fatal DUI accidents. Police may be unfairly focusing on college students as being at risk of driving drunk and a heavy police presence in Santa Barbara seeking out UCSB students that are driving drunk has led to numerous DUI arrests on any given weekend.

UCSB Students and DUI: Your Right to An Attorney

If you are in college and facing your first DUI, it is important to get the legal help you need to fight aggressively against driver's license suspension and a criminal conviction. At Andrade Law Offices, we understand how devastating it can be to find yourself on the wrong side of the law with a DUI arrest. We know how important it is to have skilled and experienced legal representation. We also know that an experienced DUI defense lawyer could make all the difference in the outcome of your case.

We believe in justice, and that any college student arrested and charged with DUI has the right to defend against the charges. We offer discounted fees to college students facing first offense DUI charges.

We are here to assist you to defend against the charge, as is your right. We have successfully defended thousands of DUI cases in Santa Barbara County. Call today and speak with us about our discounted fees for college students. We are ready to get to work for you.