When you enter college, there are a lot of “firsts” to contend with, but you are able to manage most of them.
However, if law enforcement stops you on suspicion of drunk driving, you will find that becoming a first offender can cast a cloud over your life both now and in the future.
A DUI mark on your record can follow you for a long time. Once you leave college and enter the working world, it may be difficult for you to find the kind of employment you want. Recruiters routinely run background checks. Your DUI could cause a recruiter to choose another candidate with a clean record. The DUI conviction might also disqualify you from obtaining the state licensing or certification you need for certain careers such as positions in education, medicine or law.
With a DUI conviction, your auto insurance agency may view you as a high-risk driver. This could be expensive. Your insurer could either cancel your insurance policy or issue a new one at a much higher monthly rate. You will probably have to pay a high rate for years to come.
A look ahead
Remember that you have rights and an advocate working on your behalf will help you protect those rights. If law enforcement charges you with DUI, do not delay in seeking help. It is important to begin building a successful defense early on. The charges against you may be reduced or dismissed altogether. Options exist. You have future plans to consider, and you want the best outcome possible for your case.