Drunk driving convictions can have serious consequences for college students throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania. If you are charged with a DUI while in college, you need to protect your future and take legal action as soon as possible.
At Mazzoni Karam Petorak & Valvano, we understand the urgency of your legal matter. That’s why we want to meet with you and get straight to work on your DUI charges. We realize that the consequences of charges against college students can be devastating.
Located in downtown Scranton, only minutes away from the University of Scranton and Lackawanna College, our law firm is staffed by experienced criminal defense attorneys who have a successful track record tackling DUI and DWI cases in Lackawanna County, Luzerne County, and beyond. We have worked hard to build a reputation as a legal team that gets results for college students throughout the region.
The Penalties of a DUI Charge for College Students in PA
The penalties vary widely for a DUI conviction. Factors include your age, whether you have a prior conviction, and how much alcohol you consumed. If you are under 21 years old, Pennsylvania’s underage DUI laws will apply to your case. If you were involved in a car accident and if anyone was injured or killed in the crash, you will be facing not only a DUI but charges on reckless driving or even vehicular homicide. Depending on any of these factors, you could be facing thousands of dollars in fines, a possible prison sentence, and a loss of your license.
However, if this is your first DUI charge, you might be eligible for Pennsylvania’s Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program. This innovative program for first-time offenders is similar to probation. After you complete the ARD, evidence of your DUI conviction will disappear from your record.
Be aware; if you do get an ARD, you still will be facing a temporary loss of your license as well as mandatory attendance to Highway Safety classes. You will have to pay for the program as well, up to $2,000. By accepting an ARD, your future will still be bright since the charges will disappear after successful completion.
To be eligible for an ARD, you need a skilled criminal defense attorney to assist you. It’s reasons such as these that you need to speak with an experienced Scranton DUI lawyer from Mazzoni Karam Petorak & Valvano.
Can I Get Kicked Out of College for a DUI?
The answer to this question is, it depends on your college’s policies. Chances are you will be facing a suspension from school — this means no classes and no participating in athletic activities. You may lose any scholarships or financial aid. You may be forced to find housing off-campus. And yes, you could be kicked out of college for a DUI.
The punishment doesn’t end after being disciplined from your school. Your college will place a notation on your official college transcript, which will make it harder to get into another school. A DUI conviction will follow you as you apply for a loan, try to get a job, rent an apartment, or do anything required of an adult.
All these reasons are why it’s so important to speak with our DUI lawyers immediately following an arrest.
How Can Mazzoni Karam Petorak & Valvano Lessen the Impact of a DUI?
No professor would ever expect you to become an instant expert on a particular subject after your first class. The same is true if you are facing a DUI in Scranton or anywhere in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The laws involving such charges can be extremely complicated and confusing, which is why it’s best to work with a Scranton attorney who has experience navigating the courts and a proven track record of getting the results college students will need to continue with their future.
If you are a college student facing a DUI charge or you are a parent whose child was arrested for drunk driving, the time to act is right now. Contact the DUI lawyers at Mazzoni Karam Petorak & Valvano today and get your life right back in track. We are currently serving clients in Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties, including Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Dallas, and Hazleton.