College Students and DUI/DWI

By March 20, 2015Thomas Law Firm

For many young people, college is the beginning of independence, which can be as stressful as it is liberating. The rigors of college life – classes, homework, jobs, pressure from parents and society, the nightmares of showing up late to class in only underwear (you will continue having these nightmares for the rest of your life) – can become overwhelming.

To relieve that stress, many students turn to drugs and alcohol. For some, this form of stress relief and socialization is an integral part of the college experience, and it can come about at a time when students are not of the legal age to partake of these substances.

Because drugs and alcohol might be new experiences, many students do not understand how they can be affected by substance use. This puts this age group at high risk when behind the wheel of a motor vehicle.

Are There Special Considerations College Students Should Make Before Driving Drunk?

When a college student receives a DUI, there are several factors to take into account that non-students might not have to worry about.

Generally, police report DUIs to the college. If this happens and you are relying on scholarship money to pay your tuition, you might lose your funding. You may lose your campus housing if you live on the college premises. If the infraction is severe enough, you may even be expelled.

The consequences don’t end there. If your future career is reliant on a degree or licensure, you may lose your ability to pursue it. Even if your career does not require specific credentials, having a DUI on your record can make it difficult to find a job. You may be automatically disqualified from certain positions, such as government jobs.

There is nothing wrong with relieving stress – we all need to, from time to time. But you should always try to remain safe while doing so.

DUI Matters – Denver Drunk Driving Lawyers

Did You Know? Every year, 2,100,000 college students drive while intoxicated. Twenty-eight percent of all DUI accidents involve people aged 16-24.

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