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Will I Get Kicked Out Of College For A Dui?

Will I Get Kicked Out Of College For A Dui?

DUI (Driving Under Influence) is, unfortunately, a common occurrence on college campuses. While the desire to have fun while at college is fine, students have to understand the repercussions and life-changing consequences of getting convicted or pleading guilty to DUI.

Consequences of being convicted of DUI

The consequences of being convicted of DUI include short-term and long-term. Let us understand them.

Short-term consequences include:

  • Your driver's license can get temporarily suspended

  • Monetary penalties in the form of fines and/or fees

  • Your insurance premiums become costlier

  • Community service as mandated by the court

  • You might be asked to participate in "drunk driving education programs"

  • You could face jail sentences too.

The consequences mentioned above are quite innocuous and once you have done whatever has been mandated by the court, they are out of your life. However, there some long-term consequences that could hurt your prospects for a longer time, perhaps your entire life.

Long-term consequences include:

Chances of getting thrown out of your college increases – This point will answer your question, "Will I get kicked out of college for a DUI?" While the first instance of DUI may not necessarily be the reason for getting kicked out of college, you might be put on academic probation which is a trial period given to you to improve your behavior.

You will be keenly watched during this time and even the slightest of errors that you commit (intentionally or unintentionally) will be seen and dissected under a microscope. The duration of academic probation can be very stressful for your already stressed-out life. And, if your behavior does not improve as per the expectations of the college, then you could be liable for expulsion.

Revocation of Driver's License – Losing the freedom of driving on your own can be very stressful for you. Even simple errands like going to the grocery shop, attending parties, visiting family and friends, etc will become a chore for you.

If you are working along with doing college, then arriving late to work is going to increase which may not please your boss thereby adding to your stress level. A first-time DUI conviction could result in a two-year license revocation; that time period is definitely long.

Background checks – When you finish college and apply for jobs, there will be background checks done. Your DUI convictions will be on record for all to see. This could be a rather difficult challenge to overcome. Of course, it makes a lot of sense to be upfront and mention the charges in your job application. This could add some amount of transparency in the employer-employee relationship.

Employers are not very keen on hiring people with records of DUI convictions. While it may not directly interfere with the nature of your work, employers still view convictions with a frown. Moreover, in modern day living, driving is like eating and sleeping; it is a necessity that cannot be avoided. So, employers do not like to have employees who have a problem with driving.

It could lead to late arrivals, it could mean that you have to depend on someone else to drive you around; all these aspects could directly or directly affect their performance and productivity at work. Hence, employers wouldn't take a chance with people who they perceive as carrying a risk.

Your academics and college life could take a beating – The pressure of being on academic probation and the pressure of being constantly under scrutiny could potentially enhance stress so much that you may not be able to focus on your academics. You will have to work extra hard to prove yourself.

Many of your good friends could end up avoiding you as they may think it is better for their reputation not to associate with someone with a convicted record. And sadly, at this point in time, the people who are actually not good for your life might get attached more and since you feel ignored by true friends, you could choose to get closer to them which is like adding fuel to the fire.

Final Notes

At the risk of sounding condescending and pedantic, I must reiterate that college time should be allocated as follows:

  • At least 75-80% of the time is for college work

  • About 15-20% of the time, you can allocate to extra-curricular activities

  • The rest of the time is for your sensible socializing

While the percentage number might appear a little incongruous to you, if you actually calculate the time in real terms, you will see that there is actually plenty of it to go around making your college life meaningful and fun.

We, at Prescott Papers, totally empathize with your stressful college life. Our experts would love to help you reduce some amount of stress. Do contact us for all your academic writing needs.

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