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How a DUI Conviction Can Affect Education?

How a DUI Conviction Can Affect Education?

Although a DUI conviction is considered an extremely serious matter for everyone, it can result in negative consequences for both high school and college students. In addition to the severe penalties (e.g. jail time, large fines, and license suspension), young individuals who are either applying for colleges or currently in college typically do not realize the lifelong impact of a permanent criminal record.

For example, having a DUI conviction on your criminal record can make it difficult to gain admission into your preferred university. Besides scoring high on your SATs and submitting letters of recommendations and essays, universities may also request information related to any criminal history. While a drunk driving conviction may not disqualify you from being accepted to a college, the conviction can still be taken into account when comparing your application with others.

If you are currently enrolled in college, there are policies that universities have which often state that enrolled students charged with a crime are required to report the incident to the school or otherwise face suspension or expulsion.

If you are currently on financial aid, on a scholarship, or living in student housing, a DUI can result in those privileges being stripped away. If you are a student-athlete, a drunk driving charge may result in being suspended for a specific amount of games or being dismissed from the team altogether.

Even if your university doesn’t reprimand you for the DUI conviction, the penalties may still result in indirect consequences for your grades and attendance, especially if you are required to serve jail time.

If you have been arrested for a DUI in Kansas or Missouri, contact our Kansas City criminal defense attorney at Stein Law, LLC and request a free consultation today.


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