Many people say that college was the best time of their lives. The freedom, the friends, the social activities and the academics are experiences that often mold your decisions for the rest of your life. The atmosphere of college can make you feel like you know everything. You may have recently discovered that there is still a lot to learn.
For example, perhaps you didn’t know the option for refusing a breath test when police pulled you over for operating under the influence. Now that you are facing OUI charges, are you aware of how a conviction can affect your future?
Consequences on campus
The penalties of an OUI are often harsh and long-lasting. Depending on the circumstances of your arrest, you may be dealing with any of the following:
- Suspended license
- Fines and fees
- Higher insurance premiums
- Mandatory community service
- OUI classes
However, even if you only get a fine and license suspension, the mark on your record may have far-reaching consequences, for example:
- Academic probation which places your behavior under scrutiny
- Expulsion, either immediately or after another infraction on campus
- Loss of scholarships or financial aid
- Tension among your friends
- Reduced opportunities for internships and jobs
Of course, a drunk driving conviction may make it difficult for you to find a job in your chosen field. While an employer may not have a problem with an OUI on your record, he or she may have a problem if you show up for work late or not at all because your driver’s license was suspended and you have to depend on others to get around. Additionally, and OUI may flag you as a risk or at least as someone with questionable judgement.
You are young and just beginning to venture out into life. College life is opening many doors for you as you explore the courses and industries that interest you. You have so much potential, but an OUI on your record — even a first offense — could slam those doors in your face.
It is possible to fight and beat an OUI charge. Many opportunities for law enforcement mistakes exist from the time police pull you over to the time you phone for a lawyer. If your attorney has experience in law enforcement, you will have a strong advantage. Seeking counsel as soon as possible after your arrest will allow your attorney to begin immediately to prepare your defense and to keep your future looking bright.