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The different types of traffic tickets

When you are driving, there are many rules that you are obliged to follow by law. This is because you are privileged as a driver, and in addition, you have the potential to present many dangers to other drivers and pedestrians. Therefore, it is important that you obey all laws, so that you keep the road safe and avoid getting a ticket.

In addition to this, there are many different traffic tickets that you could acquire. Some have minor consequences consisting of a menial fine, but some could cost you your license or even send you to jail. The following are some of the most common traffic tickets.

College parties: Your rights when the police show up

When college students throw a house party, it is more than likely that someone underage will be consuming alcohol there, even if the person that is hosting it is under the age of 21 and does not intend to facilitate underage drinking.

As a college student you might be worried about throwing a house party in case the police show up and potentially find the existence of underage drinking at your party. The following is some information about your rights in the event of the police turning up to your party.

Are there exceptions for drug charges at college?

Being caught in the possession of drugs, with the intent to sell drugs, or being caught in the act of selling drugs is a serious crime. However, many students believe that they are safe to engage in this type of activity on campus, since they believe that the consequences of such activity is much more relaxed.

Although this might be somewhat true, it is extremely important that all college students know what the consequences of their actions in relation to drugs could mean for their future education and career prospects.

The consequences of drunk driving as a college student

As a college student, you may or may not be of drinking age, but you are likely to socialize and consume alcohol in groups of people that are both over and under the legal age of 21. Although it is illegal to drink under the age of 21 pretty much regardless of the circumstances, (one exception is if you are calling for medical assistance on behalf another underage drinker) you are unlikely to receive a harsher penalty than a citation and community service.

However, if you are found to be an underage drinker that is operating a vehicle while you have some alcohol in your system, the consequences can be devastating. It means that you are far more likely to get into a serious accident, causing harm to yourself and to others. In addition, the criminal penalties are also much more severe.

How much you know about DUI may influence your defense

Whether you're a currently enrolled student in State College or simply decided to hang out in Pennsylvania for a while after graduation to see if you might want to live here permanently, you likely already know that this town is well known for several things. For one, you'd be hard-pressed to find someone who hasn't heard about the Penn State football team.

It's also known as quite the party town; in fact, if you live on campus or recently earned your diploma, you might have been part of that scene yourself from time to time. Now that you're 21 or older, it's legal for you to purchase alcohol or imbibe; however, you must adhere to all traffic regulations and laws pertaining to drinking and driving. It's also crucial to remember that not all DUI incidents pertain to alcohol. A police officer might suspect you of being under the influence of drugs as well.

Texting and driving in Pennsylvania

Engaging in distracted driving is a broad term that refers to many different types of behaviors. Distracted driving is any type of behavior that prevents you from having full focus on the road and your safe driving. It may be talking on the phone, engaging with other people in the car and indeed texting while driving.

Texting and driving is responsible for many fatalities each year, and for these reasons, it is illegal. But how the law defines and prosecutes the act of texting and driving can be confusing. The law is in place primarily to deter drivers from risking their own and other people's lives for the sake of a text message. These are the consequences you can expect to face if you text and drive.

Where Pennsylvania stands on underage drinking

It is generally illegal in all of the United States for those under the age of 21 to consume alcohol. However, there are exceptions to this law in 45 states. These exceptions to the rule very widely; therefore, it is important for everyone, especially those under the age of 21 and their parents, to fully understand the alcohol consumption laws in the state that they are in.

In 29 states, it is legal for those under the age of 21 to consume alcohol as long as they are in a private premises that does not sell alcohol, and they have parental consent. It is also legal for religious purposes in 26 states and for medical purposes in 16 states. However, this is not true for Pennsylvania.

Abstaining from alcohol is the best way to prevent DUIs

Millions of people across the United States enjoy having a drink before driving home. In the majority of these cases, the driver is responsible enough to ensure that he or she is within the legal limit, and he or she is able to drive home safety without running the risk of being in an intoxication-related accident as a result. However, there are also instances when drivers, whether knowingly or unknowingly, are above the legal BAC (blood alcohol concentration) limit and are driving illegally.

Many people make the mistake of having one drink too many, and their life can change as a result. They may lose their license as a result of being over the limit, or even worse, they may get into an accident because of their intoxication. The following are some of the consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol and why abstaining from alcohol altogether is usually the best decision to make.

Pennsylvania traffic violation fines

If you have been charged with a traffic violation in Pennsylvania, then you might be confused as to what the consequences are for you.

A person that violates a traffic regulation in the state of Pennsylvania, by running a stop sign or speeding, for example, will likely have to pay a fine but may also face other consequences.

Campus Assault: Protecting the Victim and The Constitution.

In many ways, the university campus is an intermediary between high school and the real world. However, just because a crime takes place on a campus, does not mean that it is exempt from the laws of the United States. Campuses across the country however have processes and policies to deal with incidents that are reported to have happened on campus. These policies are often codified in a Student Code Of Conduct.

It is vital that students feel safe and are able to be themselves on campus in order to foster a productive and healthy learning environment. There has recently been an increased level of discussion surrounding on-campus assault and sexual harassment, and there has been a great deal of criticism as to how it is dealt with.

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