As a college student, handling a DUI charge is a critical matter for you. Some people may feel tempted to feel like it is not a big issue, or that you do not have to worry about it.
The reality is, a DUI conviction at this point in your life can net you some serious consequences. In particular, as a college student, you can face repercussions in both the long and short term.
Destruction of potential connections
According to The College Investor, one DUI conviction can do you a lot of damage. First, it can damage your future prospects in fields that you are job hunting in. Many internships and other similar programs will not accept you if you have a DUI on record. This can prevent you from getting crucial experience that you need for jobs.
It can also destroy your chance at making connections. Your time in college is one of the best points in your career that you can make these starting point connections. You can network and get your name out before you get your foot in the door. Unfortunately, having a DUI on record will prevent you from attending the events that make said connections possible.
You can even lose your ability to attend college due to a DUI. The college board does not often suspend or expel a student for a DUI charge alone. It does still happen, though. This is especially true in cases where another crime happened in addition to the DUI, such as injuring a passenger.
Most often, though, financial damage comes in the form of a revocation of all financial support. A college may bar you from on-campus housing, too. The combination can make it extremely difficult to continue affording attendance. Needless to say, you want to avoid this at all costs.