Will a DWI conviction get me expelled?

Posted by Aaron D. Lawrence | Dec 27, 2021 | 0 Comments

College students are subjected to countless opportunities to make choices that will affect the rest of their lives. While making poor choices and gaining experience from them is simply part of growing up, others can have lasting legal repercussions.

This includes DWI-related convictions, which can potentially impact your schooling and the potential career paths open to you later down the road.

Will you get expelled?

The College Investor talks about the impact that intoxicated driving can have on your life. First, know it is extremely difficult (that's lawyer-speak for impossible) to hide your conviction from your college/university. If convicted of a DWI charge most law enforcement agencies will contact your college and inform them of this conviction, especially if you must do time in jail for it.

However, it is rare for a college or university to expel a student due to a DWI conviction alone. In most cases of expulsion, the case also involved additional charges such as destruction of property, endangerment of fellow students, injury or bodily harm, and so on.

Potential financial impacts

But you will still face consequences, and most of the time, they have great financial impact. Colleges will likely drop any type of financial support they had previously provided, including awards and scholarships. They will do so in order to distance themselves from you and prevent a DWI conviction from tarnishing their reputation.

They may also ban you from using on-campus housing, forcing you to pay out of pocket for off-campus housing instead. These combined costs can actually make it too expensive for you to continue your schooling, and having to change your college plans can also alter the potential career path you set for yourself. Thus, when facing DWI charges, you always want to treat them seriously.

To speak with an attorney experienced in navigating a University's policies as they pertain to students accused of a DUI/DWI call or text Lawrence Law Firm at 318.232.4000 or fill out the contact form on this page.

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About the Author

Aaron D. Lawrence

Aaron is a Criminal Defense and Personal Injury Attorney in Ruston, Louisiana. He received his Juris Doctor and Graduate Diploma in Comparative Law from the Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center. He received his Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences from the University of North Tex...


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