Driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol and other drugs is a charge that should be taken seriously. North Dakota has significant penalties for those charged with this offense. Besides the legal consequences (fines, imprisonment, and license suspension), a DUI conviction can affect your life in different ways if you are a college student.
Here is how a DUI can affect your college education.
Loss of scholarship funding
If a scholarship program is funding your college education, you may lose it if you are convicted of a DUI. Most programs, especially competitive ones, don’t tolerate a DUI conviction. Thus, when they do a background check and find it in your record, they can remove you.
Those convicted, without undergraduate funding, may have a hard time being accepted by a graduate scholarship program.
Loss of financial aid
If you receive a student loan or any other financial aid to meet your needs, you may lose it if you get a DUI conviction. In most cases, you may not lose the aid if only alcohol was involved. However, you can lose it if drugs were involved.
Expulsion or suspension from school
Some colleges have a code of conduct that prohibits DUI-involved cases. Thus, when you are convicted, you would have violated such a code and may face punishment (a suspension or an expulsion).
A suspension affects your classes, often without a refund of tuition fees, and sports and club activities. An expulsion can affect your college education- it can be challenging to be accepted by a new undergraduate or graduate school.
If you are charged with a DUI, you should fight to evade a conviction. It will be best to get professional guidance to protect your college education and future.