As a college student, the future may seem like it is a long way off. However, if you commit a crime in school, you could face immediate and long-term consequences for underage drinking, assault, marijuana possession or other crimes.
For example, according to the Colorado Office of Legislative Legal Services, after a first-time conviction for drinking and driving, you may have to spend between five days and one year in jail and pay a fine ranging between $600 and $1,000. If convicted for DUI or another crime, this conviction can impact your life in other ways beyond graduation.
Suspension or disciplinary measures at school
If you commit a crime as a student, you could face suspension or other disciplinary measures. The effects of the criminal conviction may be worse if you committed the crime while on campus.
Getting a job after college can be a challenge even without a criminal history. If you have a charge on your record, finding employment following graduation can be even more difficult.
After you leave college, you may need to relocate to another area and find a new place to live, but many rental properties and apartment complexes will not rent to those with a criminal record. This can make it more difficult to find housing once you finish your degree.
These are just a few of the long-term consequences that can happen as a result of a criminal charge that occurs during your college career. The stress of managing the criminal process and trying to figure out what to do next can also affect your mental health and ability to perform academically.