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Can a DWI Damage My Academic Status In College?

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College is a time that means different things for different people. For some, it’s a time to really buckle down and focus on their career moving forward. For others, it’s a time to enjoy themselves, spending time with friends and potentially partying.

No matter the case, it’s always important for everyone to put a focus on responsibility. A driving while intoxicated charge as a minor is already daunting when you consider the legal consequences, but what happens with your academic standing?

Some colleges may handle DWIs in different manners, but it’s important to know what can happen should your college decide to punish you for your crime. Here are some things minors should consider when it comes to driving while intoxicated.

  • Police report the DWI to the college: Just because you had an incident outside of the college doesn’t mean they won’t find out. Most colleges like to uphold standards and the police may notify them of your arrest.
  • The college may ultimately punish you: Your funding for college if you’re on a scholarship could be at risk if you’re arrested for a DWI. It is the discretion of the college if they decide to pull the scholarship.
  • You may lose housing: If you are using the campus housing, you may be removed as a result of the DWI. For students attending a college from out of state, this could mean not having a place to stay or having to work to afford rent.
  • You may lose the ability to maintain a car on campus: Many students need their vehicles on campus. A DWI can impact your ability to do so.
  • The college may put a DWI in your file: Ultimately, a DWI can be damaging if on your student file, especially when it comes to applying for graduate school or for employment after graduation.

In the most severe cases, depending on the situation, the DWI could result in expulsion should the college decide it is the correct step to take.

The fallout from the punishments handed down from a college can lead to struggles in your career aspirations. Some jobs will look back on this conviction, as well as the way the college handled the situation, to determine whether or not you’re a worthy candidate for a position.

At Foley Griffin, our Nassau County DWI defense attorneys recognize the important of defending your rights early. You don’t want to ruin your chance at an education and potentially a career over a DWI arrest.

Let us put our experience and knowledge in your corner, working to find the strongest possible resolution to get your charges either reduced or dismissed. We’re ready to help you. We offer free consultations so you can get the answers you need.

Call us today at (888) 966-8480.

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