You were with your friends and decided to drink despite being the designated driver. You only had a few beers, but as someone who is new to drinking, they hit you harder than expected.
Not wanting to disappoint anyone, you got behind the wheel of your vehicle and drove them home. Halfway there, an officer pulled you over, since you were weaving in and out of your lane. You know that you’re slightly intoxicated, but you didn’t think you were over the limit.
What happens if you’re charged with a DUI as a college student?
It’s not good. The DUI is typically reported to the school, even if you haven’t yet been convicted. That could end up getting you expelled or suspended immediately. That’s why it’s important to call your attorney as soon as possible. He or she can help protect your reputation to prevent penalties that don’t need to happen.
Can you lose your scholarship because of a DUI?
In many cases, people who are convicted of DUIs may lose their scholarships or right to federal funding. That could hurt your ability to continue going to school. A DUI could also limit your ability to obtain licensure in your field, which would mean that if you wanted to be a nurse, doctor or other professional, you may no longer be able to.
If you don’t choose a career that requires licensing, you may still struggle to find work. Having a DUI on your record may stop you from obtaining certain jobs, limiting your prospects.
If you’re facing DUI charges, it’s important to protect yourself as soon as possible. A conviction has the potential to be life-changing, so it’s in your best interests to avoid a conviction at all costs.