College Students Arrested for DUI
For many students living on campus can be both stressful and liberating. College students spend a majority of their time attending classes, working on homework assignments, attending extracurricular events and working part-time jobs. With the stress of so many responsibilities, along with their newfound freedoms, many college students surrender to the college culture of binge drinking and partying.
While these parties may be fun, they place college students at a significantly higher rate of drinking and driving due to their almost unlimited amount of booze. So you drank a bit that night, but you justified getting behind the wheel by the fact that you also ate some food, and you waited an hour or so before driving. Still, when police pulled you over on suspected DUI you failed the field sobriety tests, and now you've been charged with a DUI. You may be wondering, how will the affect my college life? In this blog Ventura DUI attorney, Jarrod M. Wilfert discusses the consequences college students face after a DUI arrest.
DUI Under 21 Years Old
California has a zero tolerance policy regarding minors driving under the influence of alcohol. This means if you are under the age of 21 and you are pulled over with a blood-alcohol content level of .01% or above, you could be charged with DUI. Students under the age of 21 also face harsher Admin Per Se penalties. Admin Per Se penalties occur when a police officer takes your license if you fail or refuse to take any chemical tests. Those under 21 arrested on suspicion of DUI can have their licenses suspended for one year. In addition to harsher Admin Per Se penalties, you face higher fines and stricter DUI programs.
College Substance Abuse Policy
Many colleges have substance abuse policies that require disciplinary action should a student be convicted of driving while under the influence. These disciplinary actions could include loss of privileges and exclusion from activities, warnings, suspension or dismissal. In addition to school policies, many financial aid programs, loans, grants and scholarships, require students to report their arrest or conviction within five business days for review. In some cases, students have lost their financial aid after being convicted of a DUI.
If you are a student at UCSB, CSCI, CLU or any nearby Ventura college, and you have been arrested for DUI, your future depends on you taking these charges seriously. At Wilfert Law P.C., we understand the stakes are high, and your educational future depends on this case. As a team of former police officers, our team possesses the legal experience and comprehension of the law you need to ensure your rights are protected.
Contact our Ventura DUI attorney today to schedule a free consultation.