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Students could get in monster-sized trouble from drunk driving

College students are notorious for keeping odd hours. Whether it's cramming for an exam into the wee hours of the morning or looking for an all-night restaurant after a weekend party, college-age kids seem capable of pushing their bodies to their physical limits.

Of course, sometimes this ability to stay awake for long hours can backfire. Concentration and good decision-making skills can wane if people aren't getting enough rest, no matter what age they are. And consuming lots of caffeine or other stimulants to compensate can have unintended consequences.

Virginia college students may not realize it, but trying to counteract alcohol with energy drinks can often lead to a DUI arrest. Instead of limiting the cognitive effects of alcohol consumption, energy drinks can sustain physical alertness. However, this can prove to be dangerous when it leads people to drive after they have been drinking because the alcohol they've consumed isn't making them tired.

A study of 1,000 college students found a link between drunk driving and energy drink consumption, but researchers said it wasn't yet clear what the connection was. It could be that people who consume more energy drinks might be inclined to seek risky behaviors anyway, which could include driving under the influence. Or it could be that people in the young group surveyed were simply more willing to admit to driving drunk in survey responses than people in older age groups would be.

Whatever the cause, college students who are charged with drunk driving crimes owe it to themselves to be represented by an aggressive, experienced Virginia drunk driving defense attorney who will fight hard for their rights and their liberty.

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Throughout Mr. Padgett's career, he has worked on cases covering a wide variety of offenses, from white collar crime and larceny to war crimes and capital murder. In 2009, he served as lead prosecutor in the trial of Ibrahim al Qosi, an al Qaeda member and bodyguard to Osama bin Laden, at Guantanamo Bay Prison.

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