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Fight a DUI to protect your right to drive, work and learn

You're young, and while you're just old enough to drink legally, the full implications of getting caught and facing charges hasn't really been made clear to you. You are still in school and don't work, so your DUI might not impact you right away. However, there are some ways that a conviction could seriously hurt your future career, your schooling today and your chances of obtaining a job in the future.

DUIs are serious because of the risks drunk drivers pose to others. If you're caught with a blood alcohol content over .08%, you can expect the authorities to do what they can to get charges against you. You can expect the prosecution to attempt to obtain a conviction, even if this is your first offense.

What happens if you're convicted of a DUI?

If you're convicted, you may face a few problems. To start with, a conviction invalidates your right to federal loans. That means that you may lose the funding you need to go to school.

Another thing to consider is that a DUI could cause you to lose your spot in certain programs. Medical schools, pharmacy programs and other licensed fields may not allow you to continue with a DUI on your record. Every university is going to have its own rules on this, but it's best to fight the charges to avoid the conviction that could end your career before it begins.

Finally, if you do need to work in the summer or on school breaks, you may no longer be able to. You could lose your job due to your DUI, or you could lose your license and be unable to get to work. Both put you in a bad position where you struggle to get the financial support you need.

On top of all this, DUIs are expensive. The total cost of a DUI in South Carolina is between $7,772 and $10,172 for a first-time offense. There is a $400 minimum fine and penalties that cost hundreds. The estimated increase in auto insurance alone is between $3,600 and $6,000.

If you face a DUI, the last thing you should do is ignore the trials ahead of you. Your attorney will help you prepare a defense and look into all aspects of your case to make sure you're treated fairly. You should always do your best to defend your rights, so you can lessen the impact of this DUI.

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