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.
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.
If you have been pulled over to the side of the road by a law enforcement officer, it may be because you were driving dangerously and that you were suspected of drunk driving. If this is the case, the law enforcement officer will speak with you to assess your state and may ask you perform certain activities such as walking along a straight line. If, as a result of this assessment, the officer still has reason to believe that you are driving under the influence of alcohol, they will ask you to perform a Breathalyzer test by blowing into a tube.
Murder, legally speaking, is a very complicated business.
There's some good news and some bad news when it comes to teenage drinking and driving.
The summary offense of Public Drunkenness is one of the citations most frequently issued to students at Penn State. The elements of the offense are essentially being found in a public place while manifestly under the influence of alcohol to the degree that one is unable to care for himself or presents a danger to others.
Many Pennsylvania residents are busy trying to cram as much fun as they possibly can into the final weeks of summer. For some, this includes meeting friends at local restaurants or pubs for a few drinks, good food and pleasant conversation. Others are a bit more active in their pursuits, driving to nearby lakes or shores for beach parties and cocktails on hotel balconies. Either way, there's certainly nothing wrong with imbibing alcohol in a social atmosphere if you are of legal drinking age, but it could definitely become a problem if you get behind the wheel of a car and wind up facing drunk driving charges.
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.
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.