Are The Penalties Different For Someone Under 21 Convicted Of A DUI?
Yes, someone under the age of 21 who blew between a 0.02 and a 0.08 would have their driver’s license suspended for 30 days instead of 90 days. People under 21 would be subject to the youthful offender statute, so they would be able to request to be treated as a youthful offender. While the penalties would not necessarily vary under that, it would be a huge benefit if the judge would agree to treat the person as a youthful offender because they would seal the record of the arrest and seal the record of any conviction if there was one.
Would The School Be Notified Of A College Student’s Arrest Or Conviction?
In some instances, yes, they would be notified. In Tuscaloosa, for example, colleges are very active in finding out whether students were arrested. They would often have to go before a student advisory board to state their case and then they would usually be given some sort of probation period through the student body where they would have to mind their Ps and Qs to avoid a potential suspension from school or other disciplinary actions.
Can A DUI Charge Or Conviction Affect Someone’s Chances Of Getting Into A College?
It could, which is why the person should certainly talk to a lawyer if they were charged with DUI during high school or something like that. The lawyer could make sure their record was sealed so that the college would not be able to see it as a part of the application process or so the student could properly explain to the college how the case was dealt with.
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