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Underage drinking in education

Underage drinking is remarkably common, especially within American colleges. A big discussion in this regard is what responsibility a college or other educational facility has in preventing or taking responsibility for underage drinking.

This blog will serve as a brief introduction to the responsibilities that schools have when it comes to addressing underage drinking.

College fraternities provide poor supervision, protection

It's easy for young people to get swept along with the party when they go off to college. Peer pressure is high, and accountability is low. Perhaps for your child, college is the first experience away from home out from under your protection and the guidance of other authority figures. If your son belongs to a fraternity, that culture may also include an atmosphere of secrecy and rebellion that has carried it through generations.

In the wake of the recent death of a Beta Theta Pi fraternity brother at Penn State, you may be concerned about the dangers of alcohol abuse and fraternity hazing. Certainly, others in Pennsylvania and across the country are watching to see how the case changes the campus culture.

What are the laws for marijuana in Pennsylvania?

State laws differ widely when it comes to the status of the law on marijuana. These laws are also subject to rapid change and are difficult to keep track of.

In Pennsylvania, the state Senate is preparing to pass a bill that permits the use of medical marijuana for the first time. However, use for any other purpose is still prohibited. This blog contains a brief overview of where the law stands in Pennsylvania when it comes to marijuana.

Colleges and underage drinking

There has been a long history of underage drinking and attending college. Many students have died due to alcohol poisoning, car wrecks, suicide and homicide.

A college might take one of three responses to underage drinking. First, they can choose to ignore that underage drinking is a problem. Second, they can put policies in place that are similar to the laws locally with regard to underage drinking. Third, they can put policies in place that are stricter than the local laws.

Arrests linked to drugged driving are increasing in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania's Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has recently released some promising statistics. Traffic-related fatalities caused by drunk driving are on the decline for the first time in decades.

While this reduction in traffic-related deaths is definitely a milestone to celebrate, they've noted what appears to be a newly-emerging trend. Officials determined that an increasing amount of drivers that are being stopped on suspicion of Driving Under the Influence (DUI) have been found impaired by drugs more so than alcohol.

Understanding Pennsylvania's 3 Tiered DUI Law

The penalties for drunk driving are steep for Pennsylvania college students, and the consequences of a conviction can impact various areas of a defendant's life. Even a first-time offense can bring serious penalties, including fines, probation and much more. If you are facing charges for drunk driving, it can be useful to understand DUI laws in the state and how you should go about building a strong defense.

In Pennsylvania, there are certain levels of DUI offenses based on the driver's blood alcohol content at the time of arrest. The penalties and consequences increase in severity with each level. No matter which level of DUI you are facing, you have the right to present a strong defense and work to protect your future interests.

Underage drinking is a problem in some Pennsylvania counties

Many high school students take their first drink while at a party with friends. Some do it because of peer pressure, while others are simply curious. Some students are alcoholics by the time graduation rolls around.

Underage drinking can cause serious problems for teens, including problems with the law. It is important to identify those areas in the state where more enforcement of the legal drinking age is needed.

DUI Charges Can Include Drug Impairment, Too

A common misconception that many drivers harbor is that you can only get slapped with a DUI charge after a night drinking at a bar or party. However, the truth is that police officers can give you a DUI for driving under the influence of illegal, and legal, drugs as well.

With alcohol-related DUIs, a blood-alcohol test can be administered that determines a suspect's blood-alcohol content level. Police often use the results of these tests to determine if a DUI arrest should be made. However, the issue isn't as black and white when drug impairment is suspected.

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