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Don't let DUI drive a wedge between you and your chosen college

Applying for college can be quite a stressful experience. You may have anywhere from five to 20 schools on your application list. There are a number of issues that may impede your chances of gaining acceptance into your school of choice, one of which happens to be a DUI conviction. Still, there's no reason to lose all hope if a police officer pulls you over and you wind up facing alcohol-related charges.

It's always good to know your rights and where to seek help if needed, since both of these things may help you avoid conviction altogether or at least mitigate your circumstances and help you get things back on track.

Criminal records can negatively impact college entrance

When you were studying for SATs or other assessment tests, you may have thought it was one of the most challenging things you'd ever done up that point, that is, until a police officer handcuffed you and took you to jail on suspicion of drunk driving. You quickly realized your challenges had only just begun. The following facts, which may pertain to your circumstances, provide information regarding criminal charges as they sometimes negatively affect college application:

  • Current data suggests as many as 60 percent of colleges in the United States review criminal histories as part of their application processes.
  • Not only college entrance but financial aid as well, may be negatively impacted by criminal charges, such as DUI conviction or illegal drug possession.
  • Some people study for college credits while incarcerated. However, no one held in a state or federal prison is eligible for federal financial grants or loans.
  • While it may be tempting to try to hide the fact that you have faced DUI charges, it's always best (from a legal standpoint) to tell the college the truth and hope for the best.
  • It may also be helpful to discuss your particular situation with an experienced criminal defense attorney who may be able to help you find a favorable solution to your problem.

When you think back to the time of your arrest, there may be certain choices you would make differently if you were able to do it all over again. However, you are definitely not the first Arizona college age student to face criminal charges or possible DUI conviction.

Most problems in life are temporary, and not every solution is immediately apparent. An experienced attorney knows the ins and outs of the criminal justice system and can point you in the right direction for obtaining as positive an outcome as possible.

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