Will A DWI Threaten My Academic Standing?

The U.S. News & World Report recently detailed* that as many as 1 in 5 college students admits to driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI/DWI). Indeed, nearly 2,000 college students each year die from injuries related to excessive drinking, many of which stem from car crashes. As such, police and campus law enforcement officers are aggressive in their pursuit of offenders. They conduct sweeps on weekends and game days, and endeavor to pick off the road as many intoxicated drivers as they can.

The consequences of a DUI conviction can be severe for students. Not only will it establish a criminal record — which can make it difficult to find suitable employment and housing — but it can threaten one's academic career. In some cases, individuals lose their ability to receive federal financial aid, and, likewise, one's scholarships and student loans may be revoked.

Protecting Your Future

At Davis-Jones Law, we offer protection to students charged with DUI/DWI offenses. Based in Austin, we have more than 10 years of experience helping clients throughout central Texas maintain their academic careers and keep their professional pursuits on track.

Enforcement officers frequently overreach the limits of the law in matters related to drunk driving. They often violate the Fourth Amendment and conduct illegal searches of students' vehicles. Likewise, the field tests — breathalyzers and related modalities — that are used as the basis for an arrest are notoriously unreliable. As such, a knowledgeable lawyer is often able to challenge the prosecution and have one's charges reduced and, in some cases, completely dismissed.

Our firm is diligent in our investigations of DUI cases. We examine every aspect of an arrest, from the initial pullover on through any court filings. If a mistake has been made at any juncture, we will find it and leverage it to our clients' advantage. We are skilled in negotiating with prosecutors to obtain favorable legal outcomes. However, if no settlement can be reached, we are always prepared to provide our clients with a staunch defense in court.

Don't Let Your Academic Pursuits Veer Off The Road

To speak with an attorney, reach out to our firm. You can call our office at 512-634-8994 or contact us online. Initial consultations are free, and we're always prepared to help.

*http://health.usnews.com/health-news/family-health/childrens-health/articles/2010/06/02/1-in-5-college-students-admitted-to-drunk-driving-study-found