A DWI Attorney Can Help College Students

a police officer pulling over a young driverCollege is a time of intellectual achievement, personal growth, and newfound independence. It is also a time of intense pressure. College students juggle school, homework, work, and a social life and many young adults feel like they are going to crack under all of the pressure. Because of this, it is popular for young adults to turn to weekend partying as a form of stress relief. Unfortunately, this means that college is also a common time for DWI charges, and these charges have the power to negatively impact a young adult for the rest of his or her life. A DWI attorney works with college students who are facing a DWI charge to fight the charges and/or minimize the damages. The Aranda Law Firm has compiled a few helpful facts for college students who are navigating the complicated world of DWI litigation.

DWIs and College Students

Did you know that drivers aged 21-24 are the most likely age group to drive while under the influence of alcohol? Or did you know that every year, 2,100,000 college students drive while intoxicated? The numbers are shocking, but the results are even more devastating. When a college student receives a DWI, police typically report that infraction to the college that the student attends. This can lead to the removal of scholarship funds, campus housing, and even suspension.

Whether that student is a full-ride basketball player or a budding engineer, he or she is not immune from the consequences of driving while intoxicated. A DWI charge can also negatively affect a student’s future career. Having a DWI on a record does not look good to employers, and students will have to face questions concerning their DWI during countless future interviews. It may even disqualify students from certain future jobs.

Other Consequences of Excessive Drinking

Clearly, getting a charged with a DWI is bad. But dying in a car accident involving alcohol is worse. Each year, over 1,825 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die from alcohol-related unintentional injuries, including motor-vehicle crashes.

Other consequences of excessive consumption of alcohol include date rape and assault. 97,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 report experiencing alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape, and nearly 700,000 reports to being assaulted by another student while drinking.

A DWI Attorney Can Help

If you are a college student who has been charged with a DWI—or if you are the parent of a student in this situation—do not hesitate to speak with an attorney about viable options for lessening the charges. While it may not be possible to completely expunge the record, there are ways to soften the consequences of such a charge. To find out how a DWI attorney can help you, call the Aranda Law Firm today.