Consequences of DWI on Education

While a DWI conviction can affect employment opportunities, they can also have a negative impact on education as well. Not only do the consequences of a DWI affect high schoolers attempting to enroll in college, but also current college students.

The following are the serious consequence a DWI conviction can have on education:

  • Application denied – Apart from passing the entrance exam, writing lengthy essays, and submitting letters of recommendations, colleges may also request information on your criminal history and records of arrest on your application. While this may result in your application being denied because of your DWI record, your application may still be considered but the DWI will be taken into account.
  • Suspension or expulsion – There are some colleges which require enrolled students charged with a crime to report the incident to the school within a certain timeframe. Failure to do so may result in either suspension or expulsion.
  • Loss of financial aid and scholarship – Many federal programs will not award financial aid to students with felony DWI convictions. Some private scholarships will have rules set by the organization running the program, which may include revocation of scholarship if convicted of a DWI. A DUI conviction for a student-athlete can result in suspension from games and team activities, as well as dismissal from the team.
  • Indirect consequences – If your college does not punish students for their actions, the penalties of DWI conviction may still indirectly affect attendance and grades. Whether a student has to attend mandatory drunk driving courses or serve a jail sentence, these circumstances can result in missing classes and lower grades.
  • Future career opportunities – A DUI conviction on your record can have an impact on your prospect of finding employment after graduating college. If a prospective employer runs a background check to discover your DUI conviction, he/she may not hire you.

College students need to be aware of the seriousness of their actions and decisions. A DWI conviction will negatively affect your education and future career. If you are a high school or college student facing a DWI charge, retain legal representation from a skilled and knowledgeable criminal defense attorney in order to protect your rights and future.

If you have been arrested for a DWI in Raleigh, NC, contact our experienced criminal defense attorneys at Sandman, Finn & Fitzhugh today.


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