Florida college students have a lot on your plates. For many of you, it is your first time experiencing life outside of school. Some people may end up taking their freedoms a little too far and getting into trouble.
But the consequences of this trouble may end up heavier than you imagine. DUI convictions fall under this category. Even if it is a first time conviction, it can change the course of your life.
Financial impact of DUI in college
The College Investor discusses how a DUI may ruin your college life. First, it can affect your ability to attend college due to financial impacts. It is rare for a college to expel someone just because of a DUI conviction. Though it is not unheard of, other measures end up taken first. For example, a college board may decide to revoke financial support they are giving you. This could come in the form of scholastic awards or scholarships. They may also disallow you from using on-campus housing. You must then turn to the local housing market. This is often much more expensive.
Irreversible changes to your career
Your career path may also end up altered. Some career options do not allow for those with DUI convictions. Any driving position counts. You will not even have the chance to get your commercial driver’s license (CDL). Fields involving childcare also have strict rules about DUI convictions. If you intend to work with kids in any way, just one DUI conviction may ruin your ability to do that.
It does not matter if this is your first offense or not. A DUI conviction can impact your future in big ways regardless. This is something all college students should keep in mind.