As a college student, you may feel like a DUI conviction will not impact you as much as it might affect others. But this is not true. College students in particular have a lot to lose if convicted of DUI related crimes.
But in what ways can this conviction impact your college experience? And can it move on to affect your life after college, too?
Loss of financial support
The College Investor discusses the negative consequences your DUI conviction may have on your time in college. First, you might not even be able to continue attending. Fortunately, it is not common for a college board to expel someone for a DUI conviction. It is not unheard of, however.
You are more likely to face the risk of losing your financial backing. A college will likely end any scholarships and revoke all financial awards they may have given you. You can expect attempts to gain financial aid in the future may not go smoothly, too. A college can also refuse certain students the ability to use on-campus housing. They often utilize this against people with criminal records, including DUI convictions. This alone may price you out of attendance.
Loss of job opportunities
Your conviction could haunt you after graduation, too. After all, certain fields do not accept applicants with DUI on their record. This includes government jobs, positions that work with children, most teaching positions and almost any driving position. Options for internships and classes often end up out of your reach. This means that even when your record is clear, you do not have the schooling or experience needed to get a job. Thus, you want to contact a legal expert when handling charges related to DUI. They can help you preserve your record and future.