No one can grow up without making a few mistakes. However, when those mistakes involve driving under the influence the stakes can be too high
Young people convicted of DUI in the state of Iowa face criminal charges, jail time and other penalties. But a conviction may also cost them higher education opportunities.
Is DUI a serious crime in Iowa?
The state of Iowa takes DUI very seriously, particularly for minor offenders. A first-time offense is a gross misdemeanor and carries mandatory sentencing that can include:
- Up to 48 hours of jail time
- Fines up to $1250
- License suspension for at least 6 months
- Alcohol education training
Can a DUI affect my collegiate opportunities?
A DUI conviction can also have collateral consequences. One can be the impact it has on your college opportunities, including professional and graduate programs.
You must disclose criminal activity on college entrance and scholarship applications. You may find that a DUI conviction eliminates your enrollment opportunities; scholarships and grants may have conduct requirements that will disqualify you from the process. Current students may find out that they violated their school’s code of conduct, resulting in probation or expulsion.
Can you defend yourself against DUI charges?
Being convicted of a DUI can upend every aspect of your life. You owe it to yourself to defend against allegations of DUI. Defenses include:
- Illegal stop
- Invalid field test or breathalyzer
- False positive test
You should not have to sacrifice your opportunities for higher education for one mistake. A carefully prepared defense can protect your future.