The college years are often stressful for students as they balance challenging course loads, part-time jobs, the pressure to succeed and, for some of them, being away from their families for the first time. One method of stress relief that is common to college students is partying with friends. While there is nothing wrong with attending a party, some students cause themselves problems by getting behind the wheel of a car after drinking with friends. Many students have no idea of the consequences they might pay if pulled over for DWI.
The fallout from a DWI charge
The police will more than likely report a drunk driving arrest to school officials. This revelation could lead to a school rescinding a scholarship offer, make a student ineligible for campus housing or cause the expulsion of the student arrested for driving while intoxicated. A student convicted of driving while intoxicated may face jail time, receive a fine and lose their driving privileges.
Students should understand that the consequences of a DWI charge may haunt them after their time in college is complete. Students pursuing a career with licensing requirements like law or medicine may find this opportunity is no longer available to them. Students not interested in a job that requires a license may still find their employment opportunities more limited once a DWI is on their record.
What to do if charged with DWI
Students arrested for DWI should comply with arresting officers and not say or do anything to compound their problems. Students should obey all commands given to them by officers but refrain from talking too much before consulting with legal counsel.
A charge for driving while intoxicated can have serious consequences for students and other motorists who decide to participate in this risky behavior. Individuals facing DWI charges may be better able to defend themselves against the allegations by working with a criminal defense attorney.