Making mistakes and learning from them is all a part of growing up. However, when mistakes involve alcohol the consequences can be devastating.
People convicted of driving under the influence in Virginia may face criminal charges, with consequences that include jail time and fines. But a DUI conviction may also threaten college opportunities.
Is DUI a serious crime in Virginia?
Virginia takes DUI very seriously. A first-time DUI carries a $250 and a one-year license suspension, in addition to a mandatory Alcohol Safety Action Program. A second offense carries jail time. Other penalties can include:
- Mandatory ignition interlock device
- Alcohol rehabilitation
Can a DUI affect my college opportunities and scholarships?
A collateral consequence in Virginia of a DUI can be the negative impact it has on college opportunities.
College applications require honest responses regarding criminal activity. You may find that disclosing a DUI conviction limits your enrollment opportunities. Tuition monies that are available through scholarships and grants may have conduct requirements. Additionally, current students may find a DUI violates their university’s code of conduct, putting them on probation, or in line for expulsion.
Can you defend against a DUI in court?
A DUI conviction can change your entire life. You certainly should defend yourself against DUI. Common defenses employed in DUI cases include:
- Questioning the legality of the traffic stop
- Questioning the accuracy of a field test or the breathalyzer
- Questioning the blood test
One judgment error should not cost you an education. Prepare to vigorously defend yourself against DUI allegations to protect your future.