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A drunk driving charge may stop you from playing college sports

Last summer, one of the University of Georgia's (UGA) freshman defensive linemen was suspended from his role on the team after he was arrested for driving under the influence early one Sunday morning. He was later redshirted or forced to sit out for the remainder of his inaugural season on the team. What happened to this UGA player could easily happen to any other student slated to attend school here in Athens.

UGA is one of many Georgia universities that has a no-nonsense substance abuse policy in place. School administrators take a particularly hard stance against any students that decide to get behind the wheel of their car and drive after a night out drinking.

The freshman football player, in this case, was underage when he was stopped on suspicion of drunk driving by the University of Georgia Police on Aug. 25 just before 4:25 a.m. It's unclear what type of field sobriety tests were performed at the scene. The young man was ultimately transported to the Athens-Clarke County Jail though. He was released a few hours later after posting a bond.

Student-athletes at UGA are required to abide by a specially written handbook that outlines policies that apply specifically to them. DUI is described as a "Level II" offense in that document. Athletes are subject to immediate suspension from playing their sport, six months' probation and must complete drug and alcohol awareness classes any time that they're charged with a DUI. The suspension often equates to two games. A player may be redshirted if they miss over four games during a season though.

Your parents probably warned you that the worse thing that you could do was to be charged with a crime when they first dropped you off at college. An attorney can let you know just how serious of consequences that you may be facing if you've been arrested. This includes losing your place on UGA's sports team, your scholarships and your future. Time is of the essence after a DUI arrest. Have a Georgia attorney advise you of your rights and options in your case.

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