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College students and common misconceptions about drunk driving

Oklahoma college students are aware that getting behind the wheel while intoxicated can result in serious criminal charges. College students charged with DUI may also face penalties such as loss of driving privileges and time behind bars as well as repercussions that can affect their college careers. It's important for students of all ages to know the law and commit to making responsible choices.

There are many misconceptions about drunk driving and what people can do to avoid criminal charges after a night of drinking. Misinformation can lead to legal complications and can increase the likelihood that a student will make a choice that ultimately results in a DUI. If you are a college student, parent of a college student or a driver of any age, it's smart to know what the law says about drinking and driving.

Know the law

DUI charges depend on a person's blood alcohol content at the time of a traffic stop. Even if a driver has a BAC of less than 0.08%, he or she could face charges if under the age of 21. Drivers who are of legal drinking age may not know that even one or two drinks could dangerously elevate their BAC levels. Misunderstandings about alcohol's effect on the body and DUI laws can lead to serious trouble. Common misconceptions include the following:

  • Eating breath mints will cover the scent of alcohol in case of a traffic stop: Not only will this not cover the scent of alcohol, but breath mints also cannot camouflage other signs of intoxication.
  • Eating certain foods or heavy meals before, during or after drinking can counteract alcohol: There is no evidence that food can help a person keep his or her BAC levels at a certain point while drinking.
  • Drinking a lot of coffee can reverse the effects of too much alcohol: The only thing that can really lower a person's BAC levels is time, not coffee.
  • If a person didn't taste alcohol in a drink, he or she can't be too drunk: Even if a person did not taste alcohol, he or she could still be intoxicated.

College students can face irrevocable consequences if convicted of drunk driving. If you are facing DUI charges, your future education and career opportunities are on the line. It's worth seeking defense help as soon as possible.

A strong DUI defense is critical when facing charges related to intoxicated driving. If you or your child is in legal trouble, there is no time to lose in seeking the guidance of an experienced attorney and learning more about the legal options available to you.

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