Today college students face a pressure cooker of stress to succeed. With
jobs requiring more experience, better grades, and more education just
to hold an entry-level position many students find themselves overworked,
overscheduled and overwhelmed. Many students turn to the party culture
college life promises to blow off steam, but the seemingly unlimited flow
of alcohol becomes a high risk for students if they decide to get behind
the wheel after a night out partying.
Harsher Penalties for Underage DUI
Oklahoma has a zero tolerance policy in regards to underage drinking and
driving. While the legal BAC for all adults over the age of 21 is .08%,
if an underage driver is caught with any measurable amount of alcohol
in their system, they could be arrested for DUI. The penalties for someone
caught drinking and driving underage include up to 6-month license suspension,
six month jail time, a misdemeanor charge, and up to $1,000 in fines.
Campus Substance Abuse Policies
In addition to the legal penalties, the student also faces academic penalties.
Most colleges have substance abuse policies that require disciplinary
action if a student is convicted of DUI. These policies include loss of
privileges, restriction from activities, suspension or dismissal. Students
accepting scholarships or financial aid may also be required to report
their conviction to the organizations financing them for review. Depending
on the circumstances of your case, you could lose funding for your scholarship
or become ineligible for a specific amount of time for financial aid.
Contact a Broken Arrow DUI attorney
If you are a college student attending the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma
State University or other adjacent Tulsa college student, charged with
a DUI, we highly suggest hiring an experienced
Broken Arrow DUI lawyer to represent you and protect your rights. At
Saint & Watzke, PLLP, we are a team of experienced attorneys passionate about protecting the
rights of students in situations like yours. We understand how stressful
at can feel when your education future is at stake.
Get a skilled attorney in your corner, call to schedule your free case