It’s not a secret that many students drink alcohol while they are in college. However, for those students who choose to drink irresponsibly there can be serious consequences impeding their future education and employment opportunities. Our Virginia criminal defense lawyers at John Elledge & Associates understand that DUI penalties can be jarring and involve expensive fines, life-altering restrictions, and at worse, jail time. We also recognize that when a college student is first charged with a DUI they may have no idea what to expect or how to handle this kind of punishment.

If you or someone you know is going through a DUI charge or conviction, our team has outlined some helpful information that will strengthen your understanding of the various ways a DUI charge or conviction can affect your life today, tomorrow, and for years to come.

Expulsion or Suspension

Every university has its own set of rules for actively enrolled students charged with a DUI conviction. However, in some cases a DUI conviction can lead to suspension or even expulsion! Inevitably allowing this punishment to have long-lasting repercussions for the rest of the individual’s life.

Loss of Scholarship/Financial Aid

In varying scenarios, a student charged with a DUI conviction may be at risk to lose a scholarship or their financial aid. This kind of financial diminution will ultimately create a surplus of future debt, or even force the student to drop out of school completely.

Employment Challenges

According to the state of Virginia, only DUI charges that are dismissed or dropped are eligible to be expunged or sealed. Individuals who plead guilty to a DUI conviction will have it remain on their permanent record for the rest of their lives. Having a criminal charge on your record can create many professional roadblocks. These types of legal roadblocks often interfere with professional goals and aspirations.

Higher-Education Challenges

Much like professional roadblocks, a student with a DUI conviction may be faced with some high-education challenges as well. Because many career paths require a graduate degree there may be a disruption to the student’s career path if they are unable to be admitted to a master’s or doctorate program that is necessary for them to succeed in their chosen professional vocations.

Graduation Delay

If a student convicted with a DUI is suspended from their university or loses their driving privileges they may fall behind in their course work. If they are unable to make up for their missed time in class they may have to repeat classes, or even retake a full semester’s worth of work, which in turn will delay graduation as well as lower their GPA.

Permanent Record

A DUI conviction unfortunately will change the way future employers, administrators, and peers view you. Regardless of your personal situation, this crime will affect the way people judge you for the rest of your life.

If you or someone you know have been convicted of a DUI, please reach out to our Virginia criminal defense lawyers at John Elledge and Associates to better understand your rights and laws.