Perhaps you are a first-year university student just getting used to campus life, its rules, routine and temptations.
No doubt there will be parties that include alcohol. If you drink and drive, you face a possible conviction for underage DUI. How would this affect your future?
The state of Pennsylvania has instituted some tough laws concerning underage drinking and driving. At a minimum, you would face a $500 fine plus court costs and lose your driving privileges for at least 90 days if convicted.
As a college student, a DUI conviction on your record could adversely affect your plans for future employment. If you wish to enter a profession such as law, medicine or education, a DUI mark may disqualify you from the certification or state licensing you would need. In addition, most employers run background checks on job applicants, and many would pass you over in favor of an applicant with a clean record.
In order to have your driver’s license reinstated, you must show proof of auto insurance that includes the minimum coverage. The problem is that because of your DUI conviction, your insurer may see you as a high-risk driver. The company may either cancel your policy or require you to purchase new coverage at a much higher rate.
A look ahead
You will weigh many decisions as a new college student, and one might be whether to drive after having a drink or two with friends. If you should face an arrest for DUI, you have a right to expect the best outcome possible for your case. It is a matter of protecting your future and the goals you have set for yourself.