It is no secret that an arrest for driving under the influence (DUI) can be met with serious consequences. This is especially true in cases of underage DUI as well as when the defendant is a college student. With Georgia southern just a short drive away, the Schneider Law Firm understands just how hard these issues can hit home. A DUI conviction can alter a student’s education, career opportunities, and livelihood.
Needless to say, it is critical to fight criminal charges with the full weight of your resources. It is also important to act quickly. In the case of a DUI, drivers may have only a limited amount of time to contest a license suspension.
A DUI conviction is punishable by criminal and administrative penalties including:
- Increased Insurance rates
- Loss of financial aid, grants, and student loans
- License suspension
- DUI and drug education program
- The possibility of time in jail
In addition to DMV actions, students may also face college disciplinary hearings. Run by school administrators, these hearings are typically uniquely structured and are separate from other criminal punishments. Penalties can include placement on academic probation, the removal from extracurricular activities, as well as other disciplinary measures. While the process is overseen by the university, it is recommended that students prepare their case alongside legal counsel. An attorney can examine University policies, negotiate for lesser penalties, and can push to have a case dropped entirely.
Defending Criminal Charges
While DUI is one of the most common offenses that college students face, it is not the only one or the most serious. If you have been charged with a violent crime such as battery or a white collar offense such as fraud, you cannot afford to postpone taking legal action. An experienced attorney can act as a shield between the criminal justice system and your future. Many of these crimes are felony’s which may not be eligible for expungement and can forever affect your livelihood.
Our firm can defend college students against crimes including:
- Drug sales
- Drug Possession
- Identity theft
- Public intoxication
Savannah Criminal Defense Lawyer
The defense of any criminal charge begins from the moment an arrest occurs. Whether picked up for DUI or a drug crime, your conduct can greatly affect the outcome of your case. Be careful to avoid saying more than is absolutely necessary and contact an attorney from our firm as soon as possible.
The Schneider Law Firm is backed by more than a decade of experience and can help you understand your legal options. The firm’s lead attorney has been recognized by The National Advocacy for DUI Defense (NAFDD) and belongs to organizations including the National College for DUI Defense and the American Association of Attorneys, Premier DUI. When your future or that of your child is at risk, do not hesitate to contact the firm’s legal team.
To speak with a Savannah DUI attorney, call (912) 385-0854 or contact us online today.