When a person is convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) in Pennsylvania, they face immediate penalties. These include fines, jail time, license suspensions, and even a requirement to have an ignition interlock device installed on their vehicles.
But more than these penalties, the impact of a DUI conviction is far-reaching. This can be especially devastating to college students who have not completely lived out their adult lives.
This blog will list some of the long-term consequences of a DUI on a college student.
A DUI conviction results in a criminal record for a student, even for a first offense. This can negatively affect their capability to secure internships, scholarships, or future employment.
Loss of financial aid
Depending on the severity of the student’s DUI offense and their college or university policies, the student may lose their financial aid or scholarships.
A college or university may levy academic penalties on a student convicted of DUI, such as probation, suspension, or expulsion.
Limited job opportunities
Students convicted of DUI may face limited career opportunities, especially in fields that require a clean criminal record. Some professional licenses also require a person to have a clean record.
Increased auto insurance rates
A conviction can lead to increases in a driver’s insurance premiums, which can be a burden for college students. In Pennsylvania, drivers can expect to pay up to 74% more for auto insurance after their first DUI.
A DUI conviction can have serious and long-lasting consequences for college students, impacting their future careers and academic prospects. While college students need to take responsibility for their actions, it’s also essential to understand their rights and options when facing DUI charges. An experienced legal professional may be able to support them throughout the legal process.