Legal Updates for New University of Georgia Students

09/22/2015

As students at the University of Georgia get settled into their routine of fall semester, it is important to remember that there is a large new group of students in Athens, Georgia unfamiliar with the legal landscape of Athens. Students often times are surprised to learn how aggressively the police, including Athens-Clarke County Police, University of Georgia Police and Georgia State Patrol, are in enforcing certain laws, specifically DUI and Possession of Marijuana.

Until July of this year, in Athens there were no citations issued for Underage Possession of Alcohol (MIP), but individuals instead were arrested and taken to the Athens-Clarke County jail. However, the legislature changed the law to require police officers to issue a citation for the offense instead of making an arrest unless there is some other illegal action committed by the person. However, the prosecutor in the Municipal Court and State Court of Clarke County is still handling their prosecution of these Underage Possession of Alcohol citations the same way they were before the change in law.

DUI enforcement is not only aggressively pursued by the police, but is determinedly prosecuted by the State, which is represented by the Solicitor General in the Municipal Court of Athens-Clarke County and the State Court of Athens-Clarke County. The prosecutor pursues stiff sanctions for DUI offenses, especially for multiple DUI offenders. When an individual is arrested for DUI, time is of the essence because of license implications that individuals face. These license implications often times can be harsher for people under the age of 21.

If a University of Georgia student, or anyone else, is arrested or charged for the alcohol related offenses of DUI, Underage Possession of Alcohol (MIP) and Fake ID or a drug offense, it is important for them to get quality legal representation. At Baker & Slider our criminal law attorney has handled and reviewed thousands of these types of cases as a former prosecutor and as a defense attorney. He has over 12 years of experience in these types of matters and has tried over 100 criminal jury trials.

If you have been arrested or charged for DUI, Underage Possession of Alcohol or any other alcohol or drug offense, contact Baker & Slider today at 706-208-1514 to speak with an experienced criminal law attorney.

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