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If you are hanging out with friends on your Missouri college campus and decide to have a couple drinks that contain alcohol, you may or may not be breaking any laws or school regulations. It depends on several factors, including your age and whether your campus is a dry campus or allows people age 21 or over to consume alcohol on campus.

Any time you drink alcohol, you must make certain choices, such as how will you travel back home if you’re out at a social gathering. Just because you have a drink then drive, it doesn’t constitute illegal operation of a motor vehicle unless your blood alcohol content is .08 or higher at the time. If a Missouri police officer pulls you over and arrests you, prosecutors might file DUI charges, which could adversely affect your personal and professional life and your college career.

Long-term consequences of a DUI

If police arrest you on suspicion of DUI, the rest of your evening and the days that follow will undoubtedly be stressful. However, the following shows possible long-term repercussions of facing drunk driving charges, whether or not your case goes to trial:

  • If you’re part of a work study program at school, you might have to call off work to go to court hearings. This can negatively affect your standing in the program.
  • Having to call home to say a police officer took you into custody for suspected intoxication while driving is embarrassing to say the least. Such situations can have a serious, negative impact on your personal relationships with parents, someone you’re dating or other friends.
  • If you wind up facing conviction for DUI, your insurance premiums might skyrocket and stay high for several years.
  • Any scholarship monies you received to attend college may have been conditional. This means if you incur a drunk driving conviction, you might lose your scholarship.
  • You might even be expelled from your college.

Even a first offense can have serious consequences in your life. If you’ve already been in trouble with the law in the past, DUI charges will no doubt make matters worse.

Substance abuse problems in college

If you’re currently trying to overcome a drinking problem or other substance abuse issues in college, you’re definitely not alone in your struggle. Not only college students but many professors as well encounter challenges in their careers regarding drugs or alcohol. The good news is that strong support networks are in place to help those who wish to overcome addiction and get their lives back on track.