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Can a DUI ruin your college career?

On Behalf of | Nov 23, 2020 | DUI

Georgia teens have a lot to look forward to in their college years. The last thing they want to do is set themselves off-course by making avoidable mistakes.

This especially applies to DUI-related charges. Even one DUI conviction could potentially overturn years of hard work and shift college students’ time in school from positive and memorable to difficult and stressful. If you are currently in college, make sure you remain cautious about your decisions and know your rights.

How DUI convictions affect finances

The College Investor discusses how DUI convictions can impact your college life. First, you can lose any financial support you once had. If a school provided you with a scholarship, they can revoke it. This is true for financial rewards as well.

On top of that, they can refuse admittance to the dormitories. In other words, you cannot use on-campus housing and must look for housing elsewhere. This often entails paying full price for an apartment nearby. Having to move off-campus can be a crippling financial cost, particularly for those whose colleges are in or near big cities.

The impact on finding employment

In addition to serious financial implications caused by a DUI, many occupations also do not hire people with DUI convictions on record. Examples of such industries include nursing, child care and commercial driving positions. Government positions also tend to avoid DUI offenders.

If you have been charged with a DUI, you may not even find yourself able to study certain fields that interest you. Unfortunately, you may not find leniency for even a first offense. DUI sentences and convictions can be harsh, which is why you should take take any charges seriously by contacting a qualified attorney.