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Can a DUI Ruin My College Life?

Going to college full time can be all-consuming. Many diehard college students spend practically all day, and sometimes all night studying between classes and hitting the books. Some college students work part-time while going to school, while others work 40 hours a week while packing in a full course schedule.

Whether a college student is accumulating loads of student debt, working so they can minimize their student debt, or trying to pay their way through college so they don’t owe a dime when they finish, it can be stressful to say the least.

We all know that college is a place for partying. Whether it’s in the dorm room, a bar on campus, a frat party, or a bar down the street, college students tend to party to “blow off steam” and unwind after a hectic week. While there’s nothing wrong with hanging with friends and having drinks, too many college students get “liquid courage” and decide to drink and drive.

We’ve heard it before. You had two, maybe even three or four drinks, but you ate some appetizers at the bar. Or, maybe you waited a little while until you were “good” and then you climbed behind the wheel. Maybe you were OK, maybe not. But, if you’re pulled over on suspicion of DUI and it turns out you are impaired, a DUI conviction can ruin your college plans.

Act Fast and Contact a DUI Attorney

If you are ever arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in Orange County, the first thing you need to do is hire a DUI defense lawyer. If you are facing DUI charges in Southern California, hiring an attorney may be able to get your charges reduced or dismissed altogether.

You cannot underestimate the damaging effects of a DUI – it can affect your college education and your future career. How a DUI can affect college students:

  • Cause the student to lose their scholarship
  • Cause the student to be kicked off a college sport team
  • The student may lose campus housing
  • May affect student’s ability to pursue certain degrees, such as nursing, medicine, or law
  • Even if the student is not pursuing a special license, a DUI can make it a lot harder to get a job
  • A DUI can bar a student from becoming a teacher or getting a government job
  • A DUI can bar a student from obtaining a job that requires a security clearance

The fact that college students decompress by partying and drinking is nothing new; most of us have done it. However, college students need to be aware of how a DUI can affect their college careers and their futures. A DUI can cause a student to lose a scholarship, and it can cause them to be kicked off college sport teams. If you’re on an athletic scholarship, that can be a problem.

In certain professions a DUI can be disastrous. For some college students, a DUI conviction will force them to give up their field of study, which can mean they have to give up a career in something they are passionate about. Driving under the influence is a risk you just don’t want to take.

From here on out whenever you drink, don’t drink and drive, not even if you’ve had a couple of drinks. Instead, call Uber, Lyft, or a cab – your future self will thank you for drinking responsibly and protecting your education and your career.

If you make a mistake and get arrested for DUI in Orange County, contact our firm for a free case evaluation with the DUI Queen.