Getting a DUI for the first time could either feel like less of a big deal than it actually is, or it might feel like the end of the world depending on a person’s circumstances and personality.
It is important to understand the true impact of a DUI on a person’s record in order to know how to appropriately react to it while moving forward.
College career impacts
The College Investor talks about the impact a DUI can have on schooling. Though many colleges will not outright ban a person from attending or expel them due to a DUI, it does lower the chances of getting into schools – especially highly competitive ones.
On top of that, many colleges will eliminate the financial aid they give to a student with a DUI. This could potentially price someone out of attendance.
Of course, a DUI can also have an impact on job careers. Plenty of jobs do not hire people with a DUI on record. This includes jobs that require a commercial driver’s license (CDL) or need the employee to do a lot of driving on company time. It also includes almost every government position and positions that involve children, such as daycare employees or teachers.
Finally, it could even change where a person can live. Sometimes, landlords do not look through a person’s record thoroughly during the application process. They may simply see that a person has a misdemeanor or felony on their record and not look further into it, approving another person with a clean record instead.
These impacts are all life altering and this is why a DUI charge should get taken seriously from the start.