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When MSU students are charged with DUI by campus police

It is surprisingly easy to drive with a blood alcohol level above the legal limit. Because alcohol metabolizes somewhat differently under different circumstances, some people are surprised to discover that they feel completely sober even though their blood alcohol level is above the legal limit.

Many young adults first begin imbibing alcohol during their college years. As a result, a startling number of college students are charged with drunk driving on an annual basis. This reality should perhaps be unsurprising, given that new drinkers must adjust to the idea that they cannot always trust the body's signals to tell them when they are legally intoxicated. Of these college-age drivers who are accused of drunk driving, many are pulled over by campus police on campus property.

The authority of campus police

Each year, a number of students are pulled over for a DUI while on the MSU campus. Some students who are pulled over are tempted to dismiss the authority of the MSU police force, given that they are "only" campus police. However, it is important to understand that the members of the MSU police department are certified by the state of Michigan. This essentially means that they are held to the same standards of authority and accountability as members of any other Michigan police force.

What to do if you are pulled over by campus police

When the MSU campus police pull students over, it is important that they treat them as they would any other law enforcement officers. But just as the MSU campus police possess the same authority as other law enforcement officers, they are also held to the same standards of accountability. Therefore, if anything is amiss with your DUI stop, your attorney should be able to help you navigate holding the MSU campus police accountable for any missteps they have made.

Your attorney will also be able to advise you regarding both any criminal and any academic consequences resulting from your DUI charges. In addition to answering your criminal charges, you may be compelled to attend a conduct hearing at MSU. Your attorney will be able to help you mitigate any significant consequences you may face whenever doing so is possible. 

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