Making mistakes is part of growing up. Unfortunately, when those mistakes involve alcohol the stakes can be too high
Young people convicted of driving under the influence in the state of Washington face criminal charges, jail time and other penalties. But a conviction may also cost them college opportunities.
Is DUI a serious crime in Washington?
The state of Washington takes DUI very seriously. A first-time DUI is a gross misdemeanor and carries mandatory sentencing that can include:
- House arrest or jail time
- License suspension
- Mandatory ignition interlock device
- Alcohol rehabilitation
Can a DUI affect my college opportunities?
A collateral consequence of a DUI can be the impact it has on college opportunities on every level, including graduate and professional programs.
As you must disclose criminal activity on college applications, you may find that a DUI eliminates your enrollment opportunities. Scholarships and grants may have conduct requirements that will cause you to not qualify for tuition monies. Current students may find themselves in violation of codes of conduct that put them on probation, or in line for expulsion.
Can you defend yourself against DUI charges?
Being convicted of a DUI can change your entire life, and not for the better. You absolutely should defend yourself against allegations of DUI. Defenses you can employ against these charges include:
- Challenging the legality of the traffic stop
- Challenging the field test or the breathalyzer
- Challenging a false positive test
Making one small mistake should not take away opportunities for higher education. If you face allegations of DUI prepare to vigorously defend yourself to protect your future.