For those who attend college in Pennsylvania, it is a time of newfound freedom and setting their own boundaries. Often, students struggle to find the line between what they can do and what they should do. This is particularly true with alcohol. Many students run the risk of being arrested for crimes related to drinking, such as drunk driving. One bad decision in college can follow the person throughout their entire life.

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, close to 2,000 college students between 18 and 24 die each year from unintentional injuries caused by alcohol. These include car accidents, which can be tragic when alcohol is involved. Almost 25% of college students report that they have problems with their academics when they are drinking. These problems include missing class, doing poorly on papers or exams, getting lower grades than expected and falling behind on reading and work.

The other issue is that college students who drink are often under the legal age for drinking, so even attending a party and having a few drinks is against the law. The National Institute of Health lists several consequences of underage drinking. Too much alcohol during the teenage years can interfere with brain development and increase the chances of the drinker developing alcohol use disorder. Sexual assaults, injuries and even death are more common when someone is under the influence of alcohol.

Those who have been accused of underage drinking or driving under the influence may feel as if their future is at stake. The truth is that a conviction will stay on their record and may disrupt their chances of getting a job or even renting a home. Anyone who has been accused of committing a crime may benefit from speaking to a criminal defense attorney.