How a DUI can impact your college career

You go to college to focus on learning, bettering yourself, and preparing for a career. However, one careless decision, such as getting behind the wheel when you've had too much to drink, can throw that all away.

Typically, your school is going to be notified that you were arrested for drinking and driving. If you have a scholarship to that school, they may revoke it. This cuts your funding and could cause you to have to drop out without completing your degree.

Even if you stay in school, you may have to change your career path. Some doors are now closed to you. You may not be able to get specific licenses needed for your intended line of work, for example. You'll have to change your major to something that will prepare you for a career you can actually pursue, even if it's not what you planned for yourself.

Even if you're technically qualified, you may just find it hard to get a job. The job market is brutal for college students, who come in with almost no experience and have to prove themselves. If a potential employer has to choose between two equal candidates, but one has a DUI and the other doesn't, that candidate without a record could be more likely to land the job.

Mistakes do happen. If you have been accused of drunk driving while in college, you can see how far the consequences can reach. Be sure you know what legal options you have and what you can do moving forward to give yourself the best possible chance of still creating the future you envisioned when you enrolled.

Source: The College Investor, "Getting a DUI Can Ruin Your College Life," Robert Farrington, accessed Nov. 30, 2016

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