College is often viewed as a time to party. For many students, that means drinking to excess. Far too often, young people get behind the wheel when they have had too many drinks.
A DUI arrest can be a devastating blow for a student. It can mean jail time, fines, loss of a driver’s license or even expulsion from a university. However, it does not have to ruin your child’s future. You have options.
An experienced attorney will know how to navigate both criminal charges and the repercussions from the Division of Motor Vehicles, including sentencing options.
If they are a first time offender particularly, there is a possibility of reduced charges, deferred judgment and sentence or dismissal.
What is a deferred judgment and sentence?
First, the defendant, the defense attorney and the prosecuting attorney must agree to a deferred judgment and sentence. After agreed upon, the client enters a plea of guilty. This guilty plea will not appear on the record, as long as the defendant complies with the deferred judgment agreement. This probationary time often includes community service, fines or alcohol treatment/monitoring.
When the defendant completes the probationary period successfully, the guilty plea is withdrawn. That means it will not show up on background checks, and there is no need to check “yes” to a criminal conviction when filling out a job application.
The important thing is making a mistake does not have to completely alter the course of your child’s life. Let an attorney help defend them and their future.