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How to avoid a DUI charge as a college student

On Behalf of | Jan 26, 2024 | DUI

College students love to socialize with friends and classmates at parties. While this can be fun, if you drink and drive, you may end up being arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol. A DUI charge on your record can negatively impact your opportunities and future.

Here is how you can avoid this charge:

Have a designated driver 

When going out with friends, consider having a designated driver who will have the car keys at all times. You and your friends can have a criterion for choosing one and have rules that they should follow strictly.

If your designated driver drinks, you need to consider other options. Do not allow someone drunk to get behind the wheel.

Avoid depending on tricks to sober up quickly

You may have heard of different tactics that speed up the sobering process. These include drinking coffee, splashing one’s face with cold water, driving with the window open and so on. However, they don’t work. Only time can sober you up. Thus, avoid drinking and employing these tactics, believing you can drive safely.

Have ride-sharing apps

Ride-sharing apps can be helpful in situations when you don’t have a designated driver. You and your friends can move around safely and affordably.

If you don’t have a ride-sharing app or can’t access one, consider using public transport.

Avoid alcohol if you are underage 

Drinking when you are under the age of 21 is illegal in Virginia. Therefore, driving after illegally consuming alcohol can get you into more trouble. While everyone should avoid drunk driving, you need to be extra careful if you are under 21.

If you are arrested for a DUI in college, seeking legal guidance can protect your future.