If you’re a college student, it’s likely you’ve experienced the pressure to go out on the weekends and maybe have a few drinks. College can be a stressful time, and there’s nothing wrong with having a little fun. Unfortunately, it’s very possible to have too much fun and make a mistake. If you’re in college and you’re caught drinking and driving, the consequences can be severe.
The police will usually report your DUI to your college. Depending on which college you go to, a number of opportunities could be taken away from you.
Living in on-campus housing
Living on campus makes it easy to get to classes and enjoy the company of your classmates. Once the college learns of your DUI, it’s likely you will lose your on-campus housing.
Many college students rely on scholarships to pay for their education. With a DUI on your record, it’s possible you will lose your scholarship. This could hurt your chances of graduating from the college you originally chose.
With Pennsylvania’s current DUI laws, you don’t get a license suspension or revocation on your first DUI. However, the penalties involved with getting a DUI might hinder your success in the classroom. The required alcohol assessments may cause you to miss classes. Depending on the severity of the type of DUI you got, you may also go to jail which will hurt your attendance and ability to complete homework. The academic consequences of missing too much school could include failing classes.
Pursuing your career of choice
If you had plans to pursue a career that requires licensure, like becoming a nurse or a lawyer, you may no longer be able to continue pursuing this degree.
Your chances at other specific careers may not be great after getting a DUI either. For example, a DUI may disqualify you from becoming a teacher or getting a government job.
You may not have imagined so much could result from a DUI in college. Getting in touch with a lawyer can help you learn more about your rights.