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GOLDEN, CO, March 22, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ -- As a college student, you may be facing severe consequences for a DUI conviction, depending on your college's policies and Student Code of Conduct. A criminal defense attorney can discuss possible consequences with you and determine a legal strategy to fight for the least negative outcome to your case.
Possible DUI Consequences for College Students
A DUI conviction - and, in some cases, simply a DUI charge - can have serious consequences for your college career, whether you are about to embark on the undergraduate admissions process or are already attending college.
Possible consequences for DUI may include:
- Loss of scholarship and financial aid
- Loss of student housing
- Enrollment suspension
- Denied admission
You may also face criminal consequences from the state for your DUI conviction, including fines, jail time and loss of your driving privileges. Although these things may not directly affect your academic life, they can influence your success at school. For example, if you are fined, you may have to find employment to pay the fines, which will take time away from studying. If your driver's license is suspended, it may be difficult to get to class.
If you have been charged or convicted of DUI and are in the process of applying to colleges, you may be denied admission to some schools based on your charge or conviction. Some colleges will not deny your application based on your DUI, but if you lie about the charge, and they find out about it later, then they may deny your admission.
If you are already attending college, the likelihood of being punished by the institution depends on whether your school finds out about it. In these cases, authorities usually notify the college after you are arrested for DUI.
Every college has its own policy regarding drug and alcohol use, so consequences vary. You may be summoned to a hearing, where a disciplinary committee or the administration will decide your consequences. Punishments for these types of cases range from verbal warnings to expulsion.
DUI and Consequences for Your Future:
Even if a DUI conviction does not affect your college career, it may affect your future employment opportunities.
Most job applications ask you to disclose convictions like DUI. Certain employers may dismiss your application based on your DUI alone. Some employers are required to do so, particularly for felony DUI.
A DUI can hinder you if you plan to continue your education after your undergraduate career in a specialized area requiring licensure. For example, law and nursing careers require you to obtain licensure, which may be denied based on a felony DUI.
To learn more about DUI charges for college students and how a criminal defense attorney can help, please visit the website of the experienced Orlando DUI attorneys at the Umansky Law Firm.
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