PLEASE NOTE: our office remains open and available to serve you during the COVID-19 crisis. However, to keep our staff and you healthy, we do ask that business be conducted over the phone or via email if possible. We can also accommodate video conferencing as well and at this time we are offering our clients the ability to meet with us in person if necessary. We also now have online bill pay for your convenience. Please call our office to discuss your options.

Prompt, Aggressive Representation

Serving Harnett County Since 1969

How a DUI can affect college students

On Behalf of | May 20, 2021 | Drunk Driving |

College students in the midst of newly found adulthood may not be fully aware of the consequences of drinking and driving. While many know that there is a chance of facing jail time, revoked or suspended licenses, or fines, they may not know about how a DWI can actively affect their lives in college or university. A DWI charge can drastically affect the course of a college education or even a future career. Additionally, North Carolina has a zero-tolerance law for those under 21, meaning that even having alcohol in the vehicle while driving can result in a DWI charge.

Consequences during college

In many instances, when a person gets charged with a DWI, this is reported to the college. This can result in the loss of any scholarships that the student had, making it difficult to afford to take classes. It could, in some cases, result in a suspension, meaning that any further incidences, whether with state law or the school itself, will result in a complete expulsion. Campbell University, for example, considers itself a drug- and alcohol-free campus, so getting caught with alcohol in a second incident could result in expulsion.

Students who reside on campus may also lose out on their housing and may be forced to move off-campus. Combined with a mandatory suspended license, this can make it significantly harder to attend classes, though you may still be able to drive in a limited capacity to and from lectures.

Future career hindrances

Being expelled from college or university can make it impossible to pursue a dream career. Additionally, some careers require certain licenses, and a DWI can endanger your chance of attaining those licenses. This may be the case for those pursuing careers in law, medicine or teaching.

Overall, a DWI charge can significantly delay or completely halt progress toward a meaningful career. A college student who is facing DWI may need the help of a criminal defense lawyer to avoid facing harsh consequences. A lawyer may be able to help form a strong defense to prevent a life-altering conviction.

Archives

FindLaw Network