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What Arizona college students need to know about DUIs this fall

As college students head back to Arizona campuses this fall, it is important to remember that DUI enforcement often increases around the Labor Day weekend. Students should strongly consider the use of a sober driver, taxi, bus or other type of safe transportation if they know they will be drinking.

Not only is it for your own safety but also it is illegal to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Thinking that you are immune from this or that being "buzzed" still means it is okay to drive is a bad idea. There will be extra enforcement around this time of year and it is important to avoid getting a DUI altogether by not drinking and driving.

Especially if you are under the age of 21, you are not only illegally drinking under age but you are also driving under the influence on top of that. Penalties are particularly harsh for underage drinking and DUI charges in Arizona. Criminal consequences are the same as adults and just a first-time conviction can mean mandatory license suspension and a permanent criminal record.

In the very unfortunate event that you have made a bad decision and are pulled over for underage drinking and drunk driving, it is imperative that you obtain an experienced criminal defense attorney. Make sure your lawyer focuses on criminal defense and do not wait to get help. Call a DUI attorney immediately.

As a college student trying to forge your way to a successful career, the last thing you need is a criminal record. This just makes it easier for future employers to eliminate you from potential hires. Be smart and do not drink and drive this Labor Day weekend and as you start your fall semester. Instead, start your college year off right by staying safe and sober.

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