If you are charged with DUI in North Carolina, it may have a significant impact on your ability to obtain a college education. Furthermore, it may have an impact on your ability to obtain employment after you graduate. Take a look at some of the specific consequences that you might experience after receiving an impaired driving charge.
The college might take action against you
In the event that you’re cited by college police, there is a good chance that they will report the incident to the school. It’s also possible that local authorities will notify the college that you attend even if a traffic stop took place off campus.
After learning about the charge, the school might temporarily suspend your scholarship, take away your right to live in a campus dorm or even expel you from school altogether. A criminal law attorney may provide more insight into the possible consequences of a DUI charge.
You may spend time in jail
You might spend a night or two in jail after being taken into custody for drunk driving. If you are unable to make bail, you may be required to remain in custody until your case is resolved. In some cases, this may mean missing days or weeks of class, which could interfere with your ability to earn passing grades for the semester. If you fail too many classes, you could be kicked out of school regardless of the outcome of your DUI case.
Getting a job can be harder without a license
If you failed to submit to a chemical test during a traffic stop, you will likely lose your license even if you’re cleared of the DUI charge. Therefore, you’ll effectively be disqualified from any job that requires access to a vehicle.
If you’re convicted of DUI, the potential penalties include jail time, fines and loss of your ability to drive a car. These consequences may make it difficult to get your degree or to find gainful employment after obtaining one, so it’s important to have a defense strategy for dealing with the charges.