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DUIs and college life: How a night out could hurt your future

You want to have a good time with friends you meet at college, and it's normal for people your age to go out drinking together. What you didn't count on was finding out your designated driver was intoxicated. You decided to take the risk and drive home yourself, because you knew that he couldn't handle it. Unfortunately, you were over the limit as well.

After getting pulled over, your breath test came back with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 percent, just enough to land you a DUI. Now what should you do?

One good thing to remember in your case is that your BAC is extremely close to the limit. As a result, you and your attorney can challenge the results of the test and possibly get a good outcome. Other factors, like the way you were driving and the reason for the police stop also play a role in your defense.

If you can't get the charges dismissed, you'll end up with a DUI. A DUI has the potential to hurt you in a few ways. Yes, you'll have fines and a possible jail sentence for the DUI. In addition to this, your college scholarships and entry into certain programs could be cancelled. You may find it hard to keep or find a job, and therefore, you may not be able to continue at school.

Even if you remain at school, your car insurance costs are likely to go up. You may find you can't obtain a license in the field you want, which could also end a promising career before it begins. Our site has more on what you can do to protect yourself after a DUI, so you can focus on your future and not your past mistakes.

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