Dealing with a DUI impacts you on multiple levels, even before you face the possibility of conviction. But a DUI conviction can have serious repercussions that may impact the rest of your life.
This is especially true if you are a college student. You not only face the usual negative possibilities like fines and time in jail. But you can even face the end of your college career, and even an alteration of your future job options.
DUIs impact your career
The College Investor looks into the potential havoc a DUI may wreak on your college life. First, a DUI can easily impact what job path you can go down, which in turn impacts your college experience. Many fields do not hire people with DUIs on record. This includes government positions, teaching and childcare positions and any job that has to do with driving a vehicle.
If you cannot pursue these job options, there is no point in studying them. Not only that, but you will likely not get any of the internships and work experience you may otherwise have access to without a DUI.
Potential financial repercussions
Then, you have the financial impact to worry about. It is unusual for a college to expel a student for a DUI conviction, unless it involved the physical injury or death of other students. However, they will often revoke any financial support they previously offered. This can include awards, scholarships and more.
They may also ban you from using on-campus housing. This forces you to use and pay for normal city housing, which is often prohibitively expensive. These factors combined may price you out of attendance entirely. Needless to say, you want to avoid this outcome. Thus, you should consider seeking legal aid.