Although a DUI conviction can damage your employment opportunities, it can also have a negative impact on educational ones. It’s no secret that alcohol is part of the college--even high school--experience; however, students who decide to drink irresponsibly must suffer serious consequences that can put their academics in jeopardy.
The following are several ways how a DUI conviction affects education:
- Denial of application - If there is a DUI on your criminal record, a school can deny your application without any need to provide justification for their actions. There are some policies that state students with criminal records are not allowed. Most do not have a strict policy, but may prioritize more ideal candidates than prospective students with a DUI conviction.
- Expulsion or suspension - Every college has its own set of rules regarding student DUI convictions. There are some school policies that state such a conviction can result in suspension or even expulsion. Being expelled from a university can harm your personal and professional reputation.
- Loss of financial aid or scholarships - Various federal programs will not provide financial aid to students with felony DUI convictions. Depending on the rules set by the organization, a DUI conviction--or even an arrest--could warrant revocation of a private scholarship.
- Delayed graduation - Whether you have been suspended by the university or had your driving privileges taken away as part of your conviction, these circumstances may cause you to fall behind on your school work. If you are unable to make up for missed class time, you may have to retake classes, essentially delaying your graduation.
- Permanent record - A DUI conviction on your criminal record can negatively affect the way future administrators and employers look at you. No matter how hard you work to better yourself and prove that you’ve learned from the past, this crime may affect the way people judge you for the remainder of your life.
If you are currently dealing with a DUI charge, you must do everything in your power to avoid pleading guilty or getting convicted. At The Law Offices of Daniel J. Miller, our Virginia Beach criminal defense attorney can help you protect your rights and future. We understand your reputation is on the line, as well as your freedom. Do not hesitate to get experienced and skilled legal representation on your side to get yourself back on the right track.
For more information, contact us and schedule a free initial consultation.