Getting pulled over for suspicion of DUI can be scary for anyone. But when you’re not even old enough to drink, it can be especially intimidating. Law enforcement in Athens, Georgia are trying to crack down on underage drinking, especially on college campuses. A University of Georgia freshman charged with DUI in Athens.
19-year old Bill Norton, of the University of Georgia, was driving westbound in the eastbound lanes near the college campus when the police decided to pull him over. He was right near the bus stop at Oglethorpe House on the college campus when he was spotted.
The police pulled him over and immediately detected the presence of alcohol. It was about 2:30 a.m., that time of night when too many drunk drivers take to the road. Thankfully, the police managed to stop him before he hurt and killed himself or anyone else.
Norton has been charged with a slew of alcohol-related charges, including failure to maintain lane, DUI under the age of 21 and possession of alcohol while under the age of 21. In addition to the criminal charges, Norton is expected to receive additional penalties from his coach, Kirby Smart.
If you get caught drinking and driving before you’re old enough to legally drink, you’ll be facing some pretty stiff consequences. Some of these include fines of up to $1,000, up to a year in jail, and at least 30 days of community service. The driver will also have their license suspended for an extended period of time.
If you or your teenage son or daughter are arrested and charged with DUI, you need to call our office immediately. Whether or not you’re convicted will have a significant impact on your life. You want to have experienced lawyers in Athens by your side throughout the entire process.