One of the things that people tend to do in college is drink with friends and colleagues. They might go out to parties or enjoy drinks while watching the college’s football or basketball games.
Unfortunately, those who choose to drive when they’re impaired could hurt their ability to graduate and pursue a career in the industry they want. Your career options could be limited with a DWI on your record, and the school may no longer allow you to be in your educational program of choice.
How does getting a DWI affect your college career?
The first thing to keep in mind is that a conviction for a DWI could end up resulting in expulsion from your school program or from the school itself, depending on the school’s rules. You may also be unable to retain scholarships or federal funding, depending on the specific charges and conviction.
On top of this, if you lose your license, you may find it harder to get to school and to your classes on time. Some schools keep track of tardiness and attendance, which could be problematic. Even if that’s not an issue, a DWI may limit your ability to work, which could hurt your chances of affording your next semester of classes.
For industries that require driving, a DWI doesn’t look good
If you’re taking courses to join an industry that would require you to drive, having a DWI on your record doesn’t look good. For example, if you want to work as an emergency medical technician, you may not be able to drive the ambulance. If you intended to work in transportation and shipping, you might not be able to get a commercial license or other licensing until your current license suspension or revocation ends.
Don’t let a DWI put an end to your college career
A DWI can make a big impact on your education, which is why it’s a good idea to defend yourself against the allegations. Taking steps to dispute the charges may help you walk away without a conviction, and that could help you stay in the program you’re studying.