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According to a study that was conducted recently by Caron Treatment Centers, summertime is when many college students and underage drinkers are more likely to indulge in inappropriate drinking that results in a DUI arrest.

During summer, every night is a holiday night, and therefore, an opportunity to drink for underage drinkers. A recent study by the Caron Treatments Centers outlines exactly how dangerous the issue of underage DUI in this country, and how little adults are aware of it.

As many as 41% of the adults in the study between the age of 18 and 40 believe that it is best for teenagers to learn to drink responsibly in high school, than wait until they reach the legal age of 21 years. As many as 31% of the teenagers in the study said that their parents accepted underage drinking, including allowing them to drink at home, allowing parties where alcohol was served, and even more dangerous, allowing them to drive after drinking.

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There is no denying the fact that the National Football League has had a tremendous PR problem because of these frequent DUI arrests involving its players. The League has dealt with an avalanche of bad publicity over the past few years, with a number of athletes, both past and present, showing long-term signs of debilitation and disability due to frequent concussions while playing pro football. Now the National Football League is also in the uncomfortable position of having to defend many of its star players because of their bad behavior behind the wheel.

Some of that behavior has resulted in fatal accidents. For instance, last year, a fatal accident involving former Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent killed one of his teammates. The National Football League wants to target players like Brent, who are involved in serious DUI related accidents. Brent currently faces an intoxication manslaughter charge, and has retired from football.

In 2013, 10 NFL players were booked on DUI -related charges. In 2012, 17 NFL players were arrested on the same charges, including Brent. The League wants players convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol and causing fatal accidents to receive mandatory suspensions from the sport.

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News reports frequently print stories about arrests of people accused of driving under the influence in California. The media accounts often relay police suspicions that led to a traffic stop, field sobriety tests and other common allegations found in police accounts--the media serves a role in publishing important information.

A California DUI suspect is often hauled down to the jail for processing in the media accounts, and frequently the court of public opinion kicks in after a story is published.

Our system of justice includes checks and balances to protect constitutional rights, including due process concepts such as the presumption of innocence. Criminal defense lawyers act to challenge the government to help protect statutory and constitutional rights--protecting the integrity of the justice system. Criminal charges are properly dealt with in a court of law, rather than in the court of public opinion.

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Last fall, an off-duty Petaluma Police officer crashed a motorized scooter on the fourth fairway of the Rooster Run Golf Club. The police department held a benefit golf tournament at the public golf course October 5. The off-duty officer who crashed a scooter had worked the graveyard shift the night before the tournament and reported in the morning to drive a golf cart transporting "pin-up girls" around the course during the tourney and other tasks related to the event, according to the Press-Democrat.

At some point, authorities say that the officer borrowed a motorized scooter from a fellow officer and reportedly took a run onto the course. That is when he allegedly crashed, suffering undisclosed injuries. Officers and police brass were all over the course for the tournament, but after the wreck, the off-duty cop was not asked to perform field sobriety tests, nor did he submit any breath or blood sample.

Someone at the golf course called 911, and the officer was taken to Petaluma Valley Hospital for treatment. About a month passed, and Petaluma Police reportedly contacted the California Highway Patrol to open a DUI investigation related to the incident. Petaluma Police claim that the department had been looking into the incident and desired to have an independent investigation opened.

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When a person is on probation for a prior conviction, authorities tend to seek ways to allege a probation violation. Many probation violations may involve technical violations of a term or condition. However, some people may face allegations of a violation based upon new criminal charges. When probation violations are alleged with new charges, a person may face criminal consequences arising from the alleged violation, as well as in the new criminal case.

That type of combination was involved in the recent drunk driving charges that Bobby Brown was facing. The singer was arrested October 24 on suspicion of DUI. That was Brown's second DUI arrest during 2012, and the 44-year-old singer was still on probation for a March 2012 DUI when he was picked up last October in Los Angeles, California on the new DUI allegations. Authorities also say that Brown's license was suspended at the time of the October DUI arrest.

The singer did not personally appear in court Tuesday. However, his criminal defense lawyer entered a plea on behalf of Brown to resolve the criminal issues involved. Brown was ordered to serve 55 days in jail, but the jail time actually is divided among several different issues. The judge reported imposed 10 days each on the new DUI conviction on the conviction for driving while suspended. The court also ordered Brown to serve 35 days for the probation violation on the prior DUI.

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