College is a time for experimenting, enjoying yourself and maybe even bending the rules now and again. But there’s a big difference between bending the rules and violating the law.

As a student, a DUI conviction can have a significant impact on your future, such as:

  • Loss of financial aid and scholarships
  • Community service, which takes time away from your studies and other activities
  • More challenging to land a job as a student or after graduation

Fortunately, there are a variety of steps you can take to prevent a DUI as a student:

  • Just say no: Make a pact with yourself to never get behind the wheel if you’ve consumed alcohol, even one drink. This way, even if you’re drinking, you never have to concern yourself with this serious crime.
  • Don’t cave to peer pressure: Just because you know that drinking and driving is wrong doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll stick to your guns. Your peers may pressure you to drive, such as if they want to visit another bar or head to another party. You have to be strong enough to turn down their advances.
  • Set up a designated driver in advance: If you know you’ll be drinking, find a designated driver before you head out for the evening. Maybe everyone in your group of friends can take a turn being the designated driver. Doing so can help students avoid issues with law enforcement.
  • Call for a ride: If you get yourself into trouble, such as stuck at a bar after drinking too much, don’t assume that driving home is your best option. You can call a friend for a ride, request an Uber or take public transportation. All of these will help prevent a DUI arrest.

If you make the mistake of driving under the influence and get arrested, don’t do or say anything that will complicate your case. For example, if you admit to drinking and driving, it adds another challenge when your day in court arrives.

With various DUI defense strategies to consider, you’ll be able to settle on the one that gives you the best chance of avoiding a conviction.

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