DUI and College Students

According to recent studies, one out of every five college students has admitted to drunk driving. Unfortunately, while drinking and driving may seem like common practice on college campuses, many students do not understand the serious and life changing ramifications that a DUI conviction can have.

When you are arrested for a DUI as a college student, you face jail time, probation, community service, fines and incarceration just like anyone else arrested for driving under the influence. However, your eligibility for student loans and grants may also be affected, and your school might even prevent you from getting a degree. Because of these serious consequences, it is vitally important to get help from an experienced Fort Lauderdale DUI lawyer. At The Ansara Law Firm, we understand the issues of DUI and college students and we can assist you in achieving the best possible outcome after a DUI arrest.

DUI Penalties for College Students

College students who are age 21 are prohibited by the laws of the United States from consuming alcohol. However, often this does not stop the drinking that goes on on college campuses throughout the country. An underaged college student who is driving after even one beer may be considered to be guilty of DUI under Florida's zero-tolerance laws found in Florida Statute 322.2616. Under this statute, a teen with a BAC of .02 and .05 can lose his or her license for up to six months for a first DUI. If the teen's BAC is above .05, his or her license may be suspended until his 21st birthday or until an approved course of counseling and alcohol education is completed.

College students of all ages can also be arrested for a DUI with a BAC of .08 or if they are driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs. A DUI arrest, even for a first offender, carries with it a maximum penalty of six months of incarceration, as well as 50 hours of community service and a fine. Students who have a BAC above .15, students who have a minor in the car with them, or those with prior records, will face even harsher penalties.

In addition to the criminal sanctions and the administrative driver's license suspension, college students may also face disciplinary action by their schools, up-to-and-including suspension or expulsion from school. A felony conviction or being charged with possession of controlled substances or driving under the influence of drugs can also disqualify you for certain federal student loans, which may impact the ability to pay for continuing education.

Responding to the DUI charges proactively, learning about possible defenses or pleas, and otherwise understanding your legal rights is essential to avoid the serious consequences associated with a DUI in college. You should always speak with an experienced Boward County DUI attorney as soon as possible after your arrest in order to have the best possible chance of a positive outcome after a DUI charge.

If you have been charged with DUI in South Florida, call The Ansara Law Firm today for your free initial consultation at (954) 761-4011! You can also contact us online. It only takes a minute to call, but it can make all the difference in the world.