Whether you’re a parent of an eleventh or twelfth grader, or a college
hopeful, graduating high school is a big deal, and getting admitted into
the college of your choosing is likely extremely important to you. After
all, your career path may have a lot to do with attending a specific school
– your dream school.
As an Orange County
DUI defense firm, we represent drivers of all ages in their driving under the influence
(DUI) cases, including teens and young adults. While a significant number
of these cases are alcohol-related, each year we defend more drivers in
drug-related DUI cases, including prescription drug DUIs.
We frequently defend underage drivers who have been arrested for underage
DUI, something Orange County is notorious for having a lot of. We are
often asked “Should I list a DUI on my college application?”
Understandably, this question is unique to clients between the ages of
18 and 20.
Honesty is the Best Policy
If our client is in the process of applying for colleges, we will bring
this up if they haven’t already asked us. When it comes to college
applications, there will usually be a place for applicants to disclose
information about criminal convictions, and sometimes “arrests.”
you should be honest.
While colleges are not in the practice of running criminal background checks
on their applicants because this is too expensive, schools do run factual
spot checks on randomly selected applicants.
Basically, if there is a place on the application where you are asked to
disclose any misdemeanors or felonies, you should answer the question
truthfully. On the other hand, if the application does not ask, you are
not obligated to tell.
While college applications vary, you can expect to see verbiage that asks
you if you have ever been adjudicated guilty of a misdemeanor, felony,
or other crime – or something of that nature.
If a DUI conviction is revealed later in your college years, and the college
discovers that you failed to disclose it, the fact that you withheld the
information would likely be viewed unfavorably, especially at certain
schools. It could get you kicked out.
DUI convictions are not uncommon, and an admissions counselor will understand
that you made a mistake; however, if you attempt to minimize the incident
and liken it to a “silly mistake,” it could mean the difference
between being accepted or denied into the college of your choosing.
Facing charges for an
underage DUI? Don’t give up, there are DUI defenses that work.
Contact Orange County DUI Attorney, Virginia L. Landry, Inc. to find out what
she can do for you!