Can a DUI Affect My College Education?

Mar 29, 2021

A DUI conviction can affect several areas of your life—including your ability to obtain a college education. Unfortunately, colleges can consider your criminal history when deciding whether to admit you as a student. In this article, we examine the ways in with a DUI can affect your college education. 

Applying to College with a DUI

When you apply to college, the application will ask about your criminal history. If you have a DUI conviction in your past, you’ll be required to disclose it on the application. After you’ve disclosed your DUI, the college may do any of the following:

Deny your application: A school may deny your application based on your DUI conviction. In fact, some colleges refuse to admit anyone with a criminal record.  

Take your DUI into account when reviewing your application: Some colleges will consider applicants with criminal records. However, many of these schools automatically downgrade such applications. In other words, unless an applicant has a strong academic background, a DUI conviction will probably result in a denial.  

Ignore your DUI: Some schools don’t take DUI convictions into consideration when reviewing applications. This is common among technical schools and community colleges. 

Types of DUIs and College Applications

When applying to college with a DUI, colleges may also consider the circumstances surrounding a DUI conviction. In other words, when it comes to college applications, not all DUIs are created equal. For example, some colleges will admit an applicant with a misdemeanor DUI but reject one with a felony DUI or multiple DUIs of any kind. 

The Bottom Line

The best thing you can do to avoid college application rejections is to fight your DUI charge with the help of an experienced Georgia criminal defense attorney. However, if you already have a DUI conviction in your past, here are some tips to improve your chances of admission:

  • Disclose your DUI upfront and explain the surrounding circumstances.
  • Maintain a clean record after your DUI conviction.
  • Take actions to demonstrate that the DUI conviction is behind you, such as volunteering in the community. 

If you are currently facing a DUI charge, you should contact a Georgia criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Remember, the best way to avoid the negative consequences of a DUI conviction is to fight your charges with the help of an experienced attorney. 

Contact a Georgia Criminal Defense Attorney 

If you’re facing a DUI charge in Georgia, you need the help of a Georgia criminal defense attorney. When you contact Carter Pilgrim, our talented attorneys will analyze the facts that led to your Georgia DUI arrest and determine the most effective legal strategy for your case. We have a strong reputation in Georgia for aggressively defending clients in the courtroom and obtaining favorable results at the negotiating table. So, if you’re facing a DUI charge in Georgia, please contact us immediately to schedule an initial consultation. 

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