According to a survey conducted by Niche, a college website dedicated to
helping prospective college students find the right schools for them,
both UC San Diego and San Diego State are in the Top 20 of “Top 20 Party Schools in California.” San Diego, with its coastal climate and Gaslamp Quarter teeming
with trendy bars, makes for the perfect environment for students to relax
and blow off some steam after the stressful year of exams and essays.
While many students understand that heavy fines, possible jail time, and
license suspension are a consequence of DUI many are not aware of the
consequences a DUI conviction could have on their future.
In this blog. our
San Diego DUI lawyer explains how a DUI conviction could affect your college application acceptance,
financial aid, and school privileges.
Under Age DUI
California has a zero-tolerance policy for
underage DUI; meaning, if you are under the age of 21 and you are caught driving with
a blood alcohol content level of over .01%, you could be arrested and
charged with DUI. If you are convicted of underage DUI, you could face
up to one-year license suspension, $100 fine, and mandatory alcohol education
classes. The fine does not include the cost to reinstate your license,
attorney fees and other court fees associated with your DUI case. According
to DMV.org, the
total cost of your DUI is estimated at $45,435, which is about the cost of four years of tuition at UC San Diego or San
Diego State University.
Undergrad & Graduate School Acceptance After a DUI
When you apply to grad school, nursing school or medical school, you are
required to disclose if you have been convicted of a crime. Many colleges
have policies against admitting students with criminal records. Other
schools may take your DUI into consideration when deciding to admit you
or not. Often, a candidate with similar credentials and a clean criminal
record would be chosen before admitting an applicant with a criminal record.
If you have been convicted of a DUI, the best thing you can do is take
actions to demonstrate you have learned from your mistake.
Consider taking the following actions:
- Attending drug or alcohol counseling
- Volunteering in the community
- Volunteer at non-profits fighting against drunk driving
Financial Aid & Scholarships
If you are convicted of a
felony DUI, most financial aid programs, will not award you financial aid. You may
still consider private scholarships and financial aid, however, most of
those programs will ask you if you have ever been convicted of a crime.
A DUI on your record could tip the scales in favor of another candidate.
College Substance Abuse Policies
In addition to the above consequences, you could also face a loss of academic
privileges. Many universities have substance abuse policies enforced if
a student is convicted of DUI or other criminal conviction. These could
include, exclusion from school sponsored social events, suspension, or
College can be an incredibly stressful time which is why you need an experienced
DUI lawyer in your corner.
Attorney Mark R. De Yoe has helped people like you with their DUI charges for over 30 years.
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