While making mistakes is part of growing up when those mistakes involve alcohol the stakes can be too high.
Young people convicted of driving under the influence in the state of New York face criminal charges, jail time and other penalties. Unfortunately, a conviction may also cost them college opportunities.
Is DUI a serious crime in New York?
The state of New York takes DWI very seriously. A first-time DWI is a misdemeanor and carries sentencing that can include:
- Jail time
- License suspension
- Mandatory ignition interlock device
- Criminal record
Can a DWI affect my college opportunities?
A collateral consequence of a DWI can be the negative impact it has on educational opportunities at every level, including graduate and professional programs.
Since you must disclose criminal activity on college applications, you may find that a DWI eliminates your enrollment opportunities. Scholarships and grants may have conduct requirements that your DWI will disqualify you for. Currently enrolled students may find themselves in violation of codes of conduct that put them on probation or in line for expulsion.
Can you defend yourself against DWI charges?
Being convicted of a DWI can change your entire life, and not for the better. You absolutely should defend yourself against allegations of DWI in court. Arguments you can use to defend yourself against these charges include:
- Challenging the legality of the traffic stop
- Challenging the field test or the breath analysis
- Challenging a false positive test
A single mistake should not take away your opportunities for higher education and a bright future. If you face allegations of DWI, prepare to vigorously defend yourself and protect your future.