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The long-lasting effects of a DUI conviction

College students in Irvine have a lot to lose if they are convicted of a DUI-related charge. The effects of a DUI conviction can impact many areas of a person's life, perhaps even some that they would never expect could be affected.

LifeAdvancer.com examines how a DUI could potentially ruin a person's life. They explain that first-time offenders will usually be facing a misdemeanor charge rather than a felony. The harshness of the penalty an individual faces can also vary depending on several different factors, including:

  • Willingness to participate in treatment programs
  • Military service and good character references
  • Whether or not bodily harm was caused
  • BAC impairment level
  • Specific state laws

Penalties can include fines, fees, jail time, and license revocation or suspension. A person could have an ignition interlock installed and may lose certain driving privileges.

FindLaw states that California has some of the strictest DUI laws in the country. Even a first offense without bodily injury can result in fines as large as $2,000, 48 hours in jail, license suspension, and alcohol education program enrollment. Those who continue to get DUI convictions could end up paying $18,000 or more, spending over a year in jail, and be forced into attendance at even longer alcohol education programs.

For a college student in particular, these penalties can be life-altering. At a time where one should be studying and participating in school activities, they are instead being forced to do time for the charges they were convicted of. The stigma of a DUI conviction could haunt them well after the fact, too, making strong representation in court crucially important.

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