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Do DUI convictions impact college students?

On Behalf of | Apr 25, 2020 | Traffic Offenses |

North Carolina college students experience many new things at college. Because these real world experiences are brand new, they may not know how to react. Unfortunately, this goes for both the good and the bad. For example, many college students do not know how to handle a DUI.

Even worse, many college students do not take DUI charges seriously. They think it is their first charge, so it is not a big deal. They think nothing will come of it. But if you face a DUI conviction, it has the potential to ruin your college career.

DUI impacts on funding and housing

The College Investor looks at how DUI convictions can impact your college future. The first is that a DUI conviction can ruin your chance of going through college. First of all, in extreme cases, a college can choose to expel students for DUI convictions. Even if they do not expel you, they may ban you from on-campus housing. This means you must find your own housing and pay for it without help.

If you rely on financial aid, they can cut this as well. They can end scholarships or financial support. They often do this to prevent association with someone who has a criminal history. Even if it is a first time offense, it is up to the college to decide how they want to handle it.

Social impacts of a DUI

There are social impacts, too. Many DUI convictions come with a revocation or suspension of your driver’s license. If you cannot drive, then you cannot spend time on social activities. This can lead to people feeling isolated and left out. They cannot develop bonds with peers with ease and it may take away from the college experience.

These are all serious impacts to consider. If faced with a DUI charge, you should not discount it right away. You should not assume there is no way you will face conviction. Because of that, you should treat it like a serious matter.