Getting a DUI is a scary thing, especially for first-time or young offenders. Some may feel tempted to brush it off or ignore it, thinking that they will get off the hook simply for being young or having no prior offenses.
But this is a mistake that can lead to heartbreak. Unfortunately, even a first-time DUI conviction can have serious consequences, especially for college-age individuals.
College board acceptance and finances
The College Investor discusses ways that a DUI could potentially ruin a college career. First, if you have not yet applied to or gotten an acceptance from a college, a DUI on record could hamper your ability to gain entrance. Colleges – especially ones with a small acceptance rate and a large volume of applicants – are very picky about who they do or do not accept. A criminal record may bump you out of the running.
But even if you are already in a college, you are not out of the clear. Many colleges will pull their financial support of students who gain criminal records while in attendance. This can include revoking scholarships or financial awards. Colleges may also ban you from using their housing, forcing you to pay full price to live nearby. This combination can price some out of attending.
Difference in career paths
Finally, your career path may drastically change. Several fields do not allow applicants with a DUI on record. This includes jobs that involve driving other people or a commercial driver’s license, government positions, and positions that work with children like teaching or childcare.
Needless to say, these can all have big impacts on the path your future takes. Thus, it is important to avoid a conviction if at all possible.