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A DUI could impact your application for grad school and more

Let us say you already have your college career mapped out, and that plan includes graduate school. You have just started your freshman year at North Carolina State, and things were going well until your arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol. How will a DUI impact your plans for graduate school?

A cloudy future

You have a right to worry about the effect a DUI conviction may have on future plans like graduate school. It is common practice for colleges to perform background checks on applicants. When the DUI mark on your record shows up, an administrator could deny you admission to the grad school of your choice. Even if you have admission approval, a DUI conviction will prevent you from obtaining the certification or state licensing you need for certain careers, such as law, medicine or education.

Loss of license

One of the penalties you face for DUI is the suspension of your driver’s license. To get it back, you will have to show proof of your auto insurance policy. This could be problematic because upon discovering your DUI conviction, your insurer may either cancel your policy or issue a new one at inflated rates based on your new description as a high-risk driver.

Seeking work

Whether you look for part-time work while in school or full-time employment once you are out, it may be difficult to get a job because of your DUI conviction. An employer cannot discriminate against you because of your race, religion, disability or other protected characteristic, and this holds true even if you have a criminal record. Nevertheless, the employer could still decide against hiring you in favor of an applicant with a clean record.

Reviewing options

As you can see, a DUI conviction comes with serious consequences, beginning with adverse effects on your educational pursuits. However, there are legal options for you to explore. Remember, from the moment of your arrest, you have rights that must be protected to the fullest extent of the law.


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