When you and your friends went out for the night, you thought you were doing the right thing by agreeing to drive them. You had one or two drinks, but you hadn’t had anything for a few hours before driving them back to campus.
On the way back, you were stopped by a police officer. They took a Breathalyzer test, and then they asked you to perform field sobriety tests. Even though your test was well below the .08% limit, you did not do well on the other tests due to your own health issues and distractions around you.
Now, you’re facing a DWI at a pivotal point in your college career.
Will you get kicked out of school because of the allegations against you?
It’s possible that you could face administrative penalties for a conviction, but you’re unlikely to face penalties for accusations of a DWI. Depending on the program you’re in, the school you go to and the specifics of your case, you may be more or less likely to get kicked out of a career program or the school itself for a conviction.
For example, if you’re in a competitive medical program and end up getting a DWI, the school may remove you from that program. You might have other options, like finishing a different four-year degree path, though.
In other cases, schools have rules about DWIs that limit your opportunities if you’re convicted. Some may suspend students with DWIs, and others may expel them completely.
Fortunately, most schools won’t kick you out completely for a single conviction, but each school’s rules will vary.
You need to defend yourself if you’re accused of a DWI
It is important for you to defend yourself when you’re accused of a DWI, so you don’t end up with a conviction on your record. There are many different defenses that you could use ranging from showing that you were not impaired at all to showing that the testing you were asked to participate in was flawed.
You deserve the opportunity to defend yourself. Take the accusations seriously and be prepared to fight to protect your rights.