Many college students spend a significant amount of time attending classes, working on assignments, or attending club events. The stress of juggling so many responsibilities can be overwhelming and many college students turn to binge drinking at house parties to let off steam. These parties may be fun, but unfortunately, many students drink far more than they normally would due to how accessible the alcohol is. After spending a night drinking, you find a reason to justify getting behind the wheel and leave the party slightly swerving within the lanes. If this situation sounds like yours, you may be wondering, how will this affect my college life? Continue reading the blog by a RI DUI attorney for an overview of how a DUI conviction can affect your college life.
Harsh Penalties for Underage DUI
Students might be aware of the legal limit for driving under the influence is .08% BAC, but what they may not know is for drivers under 21, the legal limit is .02%. If you are pulled over on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and you blow a BAC of .02% or above, you could be arrested and charged with DUI. Individuals charged with underage DUI face suspended license, community service and Highway Safety Assessment fees.
University Substance Abuse Policies
Often colleges have substance abuse policies they enforce should a student be convicted of DUI. The actions could include loss of certain academic privileges, exclusion from certain social activities, suspension, or dismissal. Conviction of DUI is criminal offense, depending on the requirements of your scholarship, financial aid or grant, you could lose funding for your next semester.
If you are a college student in Rhode Island who has been arrested for DUI, you should take these charges seriously, as they could affect you for the rest of your life. The Law Office of Thomas C. Thomasian, Esq. understands the stress and fear you may be feeling. When the outcome of your trial affects your life and educational future, you need representation from a top RI DUI attorney with experience. Call to schedule your free consultation today.