If you are a driver under the age of 21, an arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol is no small matter. 

A conviction could affect your future in many ways and disrupt your education goals as well as your career plans. 

Certification issues

If you are planning to attend college or if you are already a college student considering graduate school, a conviction for DUI could complicate these goals. Depending on academic policies, you may not be able to attend the school of your choice because of the DUI mark on your record. Moreover, a conviction may prevent you from obtaining the state licensing or certification required for certain professions, such as education, law or medicine. 

Job application concerns

Like college administrators, employers are likely to look into your background. Even if you have the skills for the job you seek and fulfill all the necessary requirements, the recruiter may pass you over in favor of an applicant with a clean record. 

Increased insurance expense

If a conviction for DUI results in the loss of your driver’s license, you must show proof of auto insurance for reinstatement. Because of the DUI mark on your record, your insurer may now view you as a high-risk driver. You need special SR-22 insurance in order to have your driving privileges reinstated and may have to shop for an agency that will provide you with this expensive type of policy. 

Rights in focus

Given the issues that could affect your future, keep in mind that you have rights as you face a possible conviction for DUI. A successful defense strategy includes examining the circumstances and evidence surrounding your arrest, protecting your rights and building a case that produces the best outcome possible.