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How bad is a DUI in college?

If you are like most people in California, the thought of drinking among college students does not seem abnormal. In fact, it is almost expected that college kids will experiment to some degree with alcohol. When those students also drive, they can be at risk for being charged with a driving under the influence offense even if they have only had one or two drinks. 

Some people might think that a drunk driving conviction while in college might not be such a big deal, in part because of the expectation that college students will drink even if they are not yet 21 years old. However, there may well be serious consequences for a student if they are convicted of a DUI while still in college.

As explained by The College Investor, some universities may have the right to withdraw financial aid such as scholarships to students who are convicted of criminal offenses and a drunk driving charge is a criminal offense. The ability to live in a dorm or other university housing might also be at risk. Depending on the circumstances and the institution, being expelled is another potential consequence of being convicted of drunk driving for a college student. Clearly, there are many things on the line for these kids.

This information is not intended to provide legal advice but is instead meant to give college students in California some idea of the potential ramifications of a drunk driving arrest so they can be prepared to ask appropriate questions and protect themselves during the defense process.

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