How a Summer DUI May Affect Your College Career in Maryland 

How a Summer DUI May Affect Your College Career in Maryland

Summer is a time for college students to catch up with friends and family and prepare for the upcoming school year. However, many college students also spend the summer at parties or bars. While there is nothing inherently wrong with drinking—as long as those drinking are over 21—some may have a lapse in judgment and get behind the wheel after a night of drinking.

Driving under the influence (DUI) charges can significantly impact a person’s life, but it may be more devastating for college students. In addition to hefty fines or possible jail time, a DUI for a college student may have additional consequences, such as financial consequences, limited future academic opportunities, or expulsion from the institution. If you’re facing DUI charges in Maryland, protect your future today by contacting the Law Office of Hillel Traub.

Possible Expulsion or Suspension

Most colleges and universities have a code of conduct that all students must follow. In general, academic institutions expect students to follow all state and federal laws, in addition to any campus-specific rules. The penalties for violating the code of conduct may vary depending on the severity. However, your university may suspend you from classes for a DUI charge. For any subsequent charges, college officials may expel you.

Financial Consequences

Many scholarships are contingent upon students following all state laws and university policies. Otherwise, they may forfeit any scholarships, financial aid, or grants. Furthermore, the university may prohibit you from living in on-campus housing, forcing you to pay for an apartment or commute to campus from your home. Long-term, a DUI conviction may negatively impact your ability to find a well-paying job after college graduation.

Ruined Athletic Career

Depending on the university, a DUI may ruin a college athlete’s career. Every school has different policies regarding DUI charges or convictions, but it may lead to the athlete being suspended or kicked off the team. In addition to possibly missing the opportunity for a professional team to recruit them, a college athlete may lose their scholarship, making college unaffordable.

Limited Future Academic Opportunities

Even if your current school does not take disciplinary action against you, a DUI conviction may be a roadblock to your future academic career. Remember, a DUI will follow you for years since you must disclose it on applications to graduate schools and other types of higher education. Depending on the severity of your charge, law, nursing, medical, or pharmacy schools may even deny you admission.

Disqualification from Future Employment

Many employers perform background checks when reviewing applications, and having a DUI on your record may make it difficult to obtain employment after graduating from school. Additionally, some professional licenses require individuals to be free of a criminal record. Without the proper certification, you may not be eligible to obtain a specific job. While employers cannot discriminate against those with a criminal background, they may choose a candidate who does not have a criminal record in a competitive job market.

Contact a Maryland DUI Defense Attorney Today

There is much at stake when a college student faces DUI charges in Maryland. Attorney Hillel Traub is an experienced DUI defense attorney who understands the impacts a DUI conviction can have on your future. You can be confident that he will work hard to protect your academic standing and reputation. Don’t let a one-night mistake ruin your life. Instead, contact the Law Office of Hillel Traub today. To schedule a free consultation, call (410) 580-1100 or complete our contact form.

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