No one grows up without making a few mistakes. Unfortunately, mistakes that involve alcohol can have consequences that are too steep.
Young people who drive under the influence in Florida face criminal charges, jail time and other penalties. But a conviction may also cost you college opportunities.
Is DUI a serious crime in Florida?
The state of Florida takes DUI very seriously. A first-time DUI is a gross misdemeanor and carries mandatory sentencing that can include:
- Jail time, up to 6 months
- Loss of vehicle, up to 10 days
- Fines up to $1000
- License suspension up, to 6 months
- Mandatory ignition interlock device
How can a DUI affect my collegiate opportunities?
A DUI conviction can impact your collegiate opportunities at all levels, including graduate and professional programs.
College admission and scholarship applications require you to disclose any criminal activity that you took part in. Your DUI can leave you ineligible for enrollment as well as grants and scholarships Students who are currently enrolled may find they violate their school’s code of conduct, leaving them on probation or subject to expulsion.
Can you provide a defense against a DUI?
A DUI conviction can change every aspect of your life. You owe it to yourself to provide a vigorous defense in court. Potential defenses include:
- Challenging the traffic stop legality
- Challenging the veracity of the field test or the breathalyzer
- Challenging a false positive test
You should not have to abandon your higher education goals for one mistake. If you face allegations of DUI, defend yourself and your dreams in court.