As a young adult, you may think drinking at parties is a harmless right of passage. However, this choice could lead to significant consequences for your future.
If you get a driving under the influence violation, it can affect many areas of your life, including your ability to obtain higher education.
Underage drinking has strict legal punishments
Many college students drink before they turn 21 without realizing that Illinois has zero-tolerance laws regarding underage DUIs and alcohol possession charges. You are subject to criminal penalties and educational disadvantages.
Some potential consequences of an alcohol possession or consumption charge under 21 include:
- Suspension of driving privileges for three to six months
- Maximum fine of $2,500
- Jail sentence of up to one year
An underage DUI results in a driving suspension of at least two years.
A DUI affects your college opportunities and experience
Most universities and colleges require you to list any arrests or criminal convictions on your application. Some schools will deny admission outright if you have a DUI on your record. Others may admit you if you complete an alcohol counseling program first. If you fail to disclose this information, schools consider this act falsifying your application.
If you are already attending college, you may face
- School suspension
- Loss of scholarships or other financial aid
- Removal from extra-curricular activities and teams
- Disqualification from specialized programs of study
- Inability to pursue specific career fields
A DUI conviction can have long-lasting effects on your life. It is vital to understand the laws and your options for defending drunk driving charges.