As we talked about in our last post, police in college towns keep a careful watch out for any sign of illegal activity involving alcohol. If arrested, college students not only have to deal with local law enforcement, but they will likely have to deal with the university's administration as well. College athletes are under particularly close scrutiny for everything they do. Because they represent their school wherever they go, they are sometimes watched more closely than others.

Recently, a University of Texas basketball player was arrested for driving while intoxicated. The junior forward was pulled over by police early in the morning, arrested, but then released from jail on a personal recognizance bond the next day.

Before a weeknight game against Iowa State, the Longhorns' coach announced that the player would be suspended for a period of time for violating team rules. The player did not suit up for that game, but did sit on the bench with the team. He will still attend practices while suspended.

The junior was formerly selected to the academic All-Big 12 and the Big 12 commissioner's honor role.

Being convicted of DWI can have serious consequences. You can lose your license, be charged with a fine, or even be sentenced to jail time if it is your second or third offense. Often, someone who has been charged with drunk driving is a first-time offender. Figuring out what to do in this situation can be confusing and frightening. If you have been arrested for drunk driving, seeking legal advice may be beneficial.


The Houston Chronicle: "UT's Wangmene out after DWI," Mike Finger, 23 Feb. 2011