Tips for Staying Sober and Safe in College

Sobriety is a difficult thing to handle, especially when on a college campus. Many students make the mistake of underage drinking and do so in an unsafe and unhealthy way. Unfortunately, these choices can lead to drunk driving and other crimes. If an officer charges you with any crimes related to alcohol or drugs, reach out to Jared Justice—a Clackamas County DUII attorney.

If, however, you want to make sure that doesn’t happen, take a look at these different tips for staying sober and safe in college. You’ll be glad you chose to focus on improving your life and not worrying about the consequences of drinking.

Research School Support Services

Most campuses should have various support services for those who need it. Whether it’s for coping with stress, dealing with your academics, or recovery programs, most schools will have student support systems. Take advantage of these services—these resources can truly help you decompress and stay focused on your goal of staying sober.

Know Your Triggers

One of the most important things you can do for yourself is knowing your triggers. What leads you to binge drink or go too far? Is it the party environment? Is it a particular group of people? Figure out what exactly your triggers are. Once you know them, you’ll be better equipped to avoid or handle them.

Set Boundaries and Stick to Them

Once you determine your triggers, make sure to set boundaries for yourself. Learning to set appropriate boundaries is difficult, but it plays a big role in navigating recovery. If you know that the party environment is a trigger for heavy drinking, set the boundary to never go to those parties. If you know that you drink more when you stay up past midnight, set a goal not to stay up that late. Once you set those boundaries, stick to them no matter what.

Find a Solid Support System

Just like it’s important to take advantage of the different support systems your school has, it’s equally important to find your own individual support group. Many students feel they have to treat their alcohol addiction like a secret, and that’s one of the most inhibiting ways to recover. If you’re in group therapy or you are close to your family and friends, let them know how you’re struggling. Keep these people close—you don’t have to go through it alone.

Practice Saying No

Another important tip for staying sober and safe in college is learning how to say no. Say no to a night out partying, say no to a drink from a stranger—say no to the things you don’t want. The more you practice saying no, the easier it will be to actually say it when it comes to those triggering situations. Volunteer to be the designated driver or keep a nonalcoholic drink in your hands to cut down on those offers.

Seek Out Sober Activities

Whether it’s staying active, focusing on your schoolwork, or joining clubs, seek out sober activities. This will lessen your odds of entering an environment where alcohol is present. Staying active will help reduce the stress and urge to drink, and clubs will distract and help you find joy in things other than alcohol. You’ll be glad for the support system that comes along with joining these activities as well!

College doesn’t have to revolve around alcohol. Take the steps to fill your college experience with joyful memories, true friendship, and exciting activities—you’ll be glad to remember it all.

Most Common Types of Identity Theft

Though you may not know it, there are several types of identity theft. From the well-known (though still illegal) license identity theft to the difficult-to-track medical identity theft, crimes such as these come with many consequences. Read on for more information about the most common types of identity theft and the different penalties that come with them.

Driver’s License Identity Theft

Driver’s license identity theft is probably one of the most common types of identity theft, as it’s the easiest way to commit identity theft. People steal wallets, and then, they sell the licenses to someone who looks like the victim. For many people, this type of identity theft tends to lead to other criminal identity theft.

Social Security Identity Theft

Social security identity theft is exactly as it sounds. A person’s social security number is one of the most valuable pieces of personal information someone can steal. Most often, people who steal SSN’s use them to avoid paying any taxes.

Financial Identity Theft

When you first hear the words identity theft, you probably think of stolen credit reports and drained bank accounts. That’s considered financial identity theft, and it happens regularly. The commonality of this type of identity theft does not mean consequences are lessened; they’re still quite severe.

Child Identity Theft

Most adults know to check their own credit reports, but kids don’t. This often leads criminals to use a child’s Social Security number and other important information to open accounts—from credit cards to taking out loans. Most children will not notice this until it’s time for them to apply for school or take out their own loans.

Medical Identity Theft

The most dangerous form of identity theft, the World Privacy Forum says that “this is the information crime that can kill you.” There are major consequences for this sort of identity theft, and it’s one of the hardest to fix. Despite this, medical identity theft is the least researched and documented identity crime. Nonetheless, it’s still a very serious crime, as medical identity theft frequently results in fake entries put into the true person’s medical records.

Consequences of Identity Theft

  • Incarceration

Like we discussed, identity theft is a serious crime. More often than not, identity theft results in felony charges. When the victims’ losses total $10,000 or more within a 180-day period, or if the person charged has 10 or more pieces of personal identification from ten or more individuals, then these charges will result in a Class B felony.

  • Fines

Felony identity theft charges can easily exceed $5,000, but these can increase or decrease depending on the crime’s severity.

Get Legal Advice

If you’re charged with committing identity theft, reach out to Jared Justice—a West Linn criminal defense attorney. His expertise can help you with your case.

Main Differences Between Adult and Juvenile Criminal Court

In previous blogs, we discussed the different things you need to know about the court system in America. From important legal terms and jargon to the different state court levels, there’s a lot to take in and understand. It’s quite plain; the court system is a massive, scary thing, but the more you understand it, the less nerve wracking a trial will be. We delve into the differences between adult and juvenile criminal court systems. Below, you’ll find information about the two courts, and then, we explore the differences between each.

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5 Simple Ways to Turn Your Anger into Positive Energy

Anger is a difficult emotion to process, and for a lot of people, it can turn into pent up feelings or violent outbursts. Though hard to process, negative energy outputs are harmful to others and yourself, so it’s important to do your best prevent them from happening. To help keep you from striking out against your loved ones—whether verbally, emotionally, physically, or sexually—do try these different ways to turn your anger into positive energy. Don’t give in to the harmful ways of anger.

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Common Reasons for License Suspensions in Oregon

In the past, we discussed the consequences of driving while suspended in Oregon, but what exactly results in a license suspension? While there may be minor differences, these common reasons for license suspensions tend to be similar across the country. There are a lot of people driving with a suspended license, which is understandable when you consider the number of ways to suspend or lose a license. Read for the ways your license may become suspended.

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Consequences of Getting a DUII While Still in College

There’s a lot of exciting things happening in college—new friends, difficult classes, living away from home, and so much more. College culture can feel like its own little world, and a lot of the time, this environment includes excessive drinking and partying. Though parties can be fun, when not done safely, they can get dangerous and life-threatening—fast.

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Types of Cybercrimes and Their Consequences

As technology continues to rule people and how they live their lives, online crimes online are becoming more and more applicable. In the past, cybercrimes seemed like a far-fetched idea, but now they are happening every day and affecting people all over the globe. This means that people use internet users’ personal information for their own gain, which leads to various cybercrimes. Below, we’ll discuss the different categories of cybercrimes, the most common types of cybercrimes, as well as the consequences of such offenses. Read on to understand just how important it is to recognize internet crimes.

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Legal Jargon: Common Courtroom Terms You Should Know

The drama of a courtroom can be just as riveting in real life as it is on TV shows. The statements said and the events that occurred provide a glimpse into some of the most foundational—yet complicated—aspects of humanity. Determining right versus wrong and victim versus criminal show us the evolution of humanity, morality, and law.

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School Smarts: The Most Common Crimes on College Campuses

The beginning of the school year is upon us. For college students, this comes with a whole mix of emotions, new starts, challenges, and other big life changes. With classes about to start, you’ll want to brush up on how to have a safe school year. To accomplish this, you’ll want to become educated on the most common crimes on college campuses. We list some common occurrences below along with what you should do if someone accuses you of these crimes.

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Fines and Consequences: How a DUII Affects a Medical Career

Driving under the influence of intoxicants has many consequences and depending on your career, the severity of the aftermath can significantly increase. A DUII can inhibit your ability to get to your job, impact your focus at work, and so much more. Although these charges negatively impact anyone with a job, they are quite harmful to those in the medical field. Below we talk about the general consequences of a DUII. We will then delve into how a DUII affects a medical career and the steps these convicted individuals can take to move forward.

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