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How a DUI can hurt your education and career

On Behalf of | Nov 16, 2020 | criminal defense

You might choose to party and drink socially to have fun and let go of the stresses of your academic studies or job. However, driving after such drinking is never worth the serious consequences. 

At minimum you face license suspension, hefty fines, jail time and even loss of your education and career opportunities. 

Impact on employment

When applying for jobs, your employer might ask if you have a misdemeanor or felony conviction or run a background check. For instance, if you intend to work as a licensed professional such as a pharmacist, doctor, attorney or nurse, a DUI on your record may prevent you from doing so. 

You might even have a hard time finding a job, even in fields that do not require a license. If you want to work in childhood education, the military, government or as a commercial truck driver, it is near impossible to find employment after a DUI conviction. 

Additionally, losing your driving privileges affects your commuting options to work, job interviews or career fairs. Instead you will have to use public transportation options, taxis or Uber. 

Effect on college career

Your school will learn about your DUI through alerts from the police. The university then decides how to handle the situation and that decision may ruin your college career. The university could expel you or make it financially difficult for you to stay if the board revokes your scholarships or removes you from your campus housing. 

Think twice before you drive drunk because a DUI will greatly impact your job prospects or college career.