College students are typically under plenty of stress, from a full course-load to an additional job or internship. One way many relieve that pressure is by hanging out with friends, going to bars, or attending parties. While there’s nothing wrong with that—as long as those drinking are over 21—some may have a lapse in judgment and get behind the wheel after a night of drinking.
A driving under the influence (DUI) conviction can significantly affect your life, but it can be even more devastating for college students. Regardless of age, a DUI can affect college acceptances, student status, scholarships, and future employment. If you’re facing a DUI charge, reach out to an experienced Louisiana DUI defense attorney to help protect your future.
Aside from fines, college students may have other serious financial repercussions if they are convicted of DUI. Many scholarships are contingent on students following all state laws and university policies; otherwise, they forfeit any scholarships, financial aid, or grants. Students may also lose on-campus housing, forcing them to pay for an apartment. Long-term, a DUI conviction may negatively impact one’s ability to land a well-paying job.
Lost Military Opportunities
Many students pursue ROTC programs in college with the hope of attending an officer training school after graduation. The United States Military takes DUI convictions very seriously, and officials may suspend you from the ROTC program if you have one. You might even be denied the opportunity to attend training school or enter the military altogether.
Limited Graduate School Opportunities
Even though you were in college at the time of your conviction, your DUI can follow you for years since you must disclose it on applications to graduate schools and other types of higher education. Depending on the severity of your charge, law, nursing, medical, or pharmacy schools may even deny you admission.
Even if a school does admit you, you may find it difficult to obtain professional licensure or credentials. Without the proper certification, you may not be able to obtain the job you want. While employers cannot discriminate against you for having a criminal conviction, they may choose a candidate who does not have one.
A Ruined Athletic Career
Depending on the university and the severity of your offense, a DUI can ruin a college athlete’s career. Every college has different policies regarding DUI convictions, but it may lead to you being suspended from games or kicked off of the team. In addition to possibly missing the opportunity to be recruited for a professional team, college athletes may lose their scholarships, making college unaffordable.
Additional School Penalties
Some Louisiana schools may subject students who receive a DUI to disciplinary charges at the university level. Depending on what the board decides, a student may only face minor penalties, such as an alcohol safety course or a temporary ban on school activities. Conversely, universities may put students on probation, suspend, or expel them.
Reach Out to a Skilled DUI Attorney Who Will Protect Your Rights
There’s a lot at stake for college students who are facing a DUI charge. Attorney Eric Johnson of the John D. & Eric G. Johnson Law Firm understands the impact a DUI conviction can have and will work hard to protect their academic standing and future career. In addition to any penalties from a student’s university, a conviction may also lead to other forms of punishment, including large fines, jail time, and license suspension.
Eric Johnson has been practicing law for more than 25 years and knows how to create a viable defense strategy. He can also negotiate with prosecutors for the most favorable outcome and is known for winning trial cases. With a knowledgeable staff behind him, Attorney Johnson will do everything he can to protect your future. Call (318) 377-1555 or complete a contact form today to schedule a free consultation.