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Will My DUI Prevent Me From Getting Into College?

Young people who are convicted of DUI in Arizona may have concerns that their criminal histories may impact their ability to get into college. The answer to that question is it depends on the school. Some schools, like the University of Arizona, ask about applicants’ criminal histories. Other schools, like Northern Arizona University, do not. Having a DUI on your record may not automatically prohibit you from attending a school; however, it may impact the selection committee’s decision. If a school has two applicants who are equal in every way except that one of them has a DUI on his/her record and the school only has room for one person, which person do you think they will likely pick?

Another issue to consider is the impact of your DUI on financial aid. The FAFSA application asks if you have been convicted of possessing or selling drugs. If you have such a conviction, you are not eligible to receive federal financial aid. You may still be eligible to receive financial aid from the State or the school. Thankfully, this rule does not apply to alcohol-related convictions. The application for each loan, grant, and scholarship will inform you if having a DUI will prevent you from receiving aid. Some financial aid programs will not give you aid if you have a prior felony conviction. In Arizona, DUI, extreme DUI, and super extreme DUI are misdemeanor offenses. You are only charged with a felony for aggravated DUI.

If you have been convicted of DUI, you should look for scholarships for people who have previously made bad choices, but who are going to school as part of their plans to turn their lives around. There may be scholarships available to you that would not be available to persons who don’t have criminal histories.

Some people can alleviate some of the problems with having a juvenile criminal record by having their juvenile record destroyed. Unfortunately, this is not an option for juveniles who are convicted of DUI in Arizona.

It is imperative if you are charged with DUI, that you have an experienced Arizona DUI attorney fighting on your behalf. If you have been arrested for DUI, please contact a DUI attorney at Oracle Law Group Office P.C. for assistance with your DUI case.

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