DUI and College Acceptance
The college application and acceptance process is one of the most exciting times of a young person's life. They have worked their entire lives getting good grades and participating in extracurricular activities in order to improve their chances of getting accepted into the university of their dreams.
But if your child finds themselves on the wrong side of the law after being charged with DUI, those dreams can quickly be shattered if they are convicted. Keep reading to learn how a DUI can affect your child's chances of attending their top school.
Colleges Have The Final Say
When it comes to the students they accept into their programs, universities have the final say in how, if at all, they factor in a DUI charge on an applicant’s record. Typically, one of three things will happen.
They’ll Reject the Student
While this is more common for colleges with very strict honor policies, there are some institutions that will reject a student if they apply with a criminal record.
The DUI Will Be Factored Into Consideration
In other cases, universities will factor in a DUI conviction with the overall application of a student. Often the common response, this means that if your child with a DUI conviction presents the same academic and extracurricular background as another student, the college may choose to accept the other student who doesn’t have a criminal record.
The DUI Will Not Be Factored In
In some cases, a college may choose to ignore a student’s criminal record and base their decision solely on their application.
Your Child Could Lose Their Scholarship
Even if your child has already committed to a school and has received a scholarship to cover the cost of their attendance, that financial offer may be rescinded if they are convicted of a DUI.
Many universities have honor policies and conditions attached to awarded scholarships, so a DUI conviction could void their offer and leave your child unsure of how they will pay for college.
Considering all of these factors, it’s essential that you have the right lawyer on your side to help you avoid convicted and keep your record clean.
Fighting Underage DUI in Savannah
If your son or daughter has been arrested for a DUI, having an experienced lawyer on your side can ensure your rights, freedom, and future are protected throughout the legal process.
The Savannah underage DUI attorneys at The Lerch Law Firm have over a decade of experience helping young people get the best possible outcome in their DUI cases.
Contact us for a free initial consultation to learn about your legal options.