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Will a Rhode Island DUI charge or conviction affect my FAFSA?

Posted by Matthew Marin | Aug 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

The ramifications that can be felt after being charged with a DUI in Rhode Island can be far reaching.   In many cases, you may not have even realized some of the difficulties that you could encounter based on a drunk driving charge. Regaining control of your life or the lives of your son or daughter can be a daunting task.

One of the unknowns you may face is the impact that a DUI charge could potentially have on your ability to receive financial aid from the government. To know if your FAFSA, or free application for federal student aid, will be impacted depends on the particular charge or charges that you are facing.

In most cases, if the DUI charge is your first offense it will be considered a misdemeanor under Rhode Island DUI law and it should not inhibit your ability to receive financial aid from the government or any higher education institution.

Under Rhode Island law, a first offense DUI charge would not be considered a felony offense unless you or someone else is seriously injured as a result of the DUI. In the normal practice, a misdemeanor first offense DUI charge will not prevent you from receiving financial aid to attend college.

Unlike DUI charges, drug offenses will result in your inability to receive federal student aid. Drug convictions including possession, distribution, manufacturing, and delivery will all disqualify you from the opportunity to receive federal student aid. On the other hand, driving under the influence of drugs is a misdemeanor offense that is not considered a “drug conviction” and will not impact your ability to receive federal student aid.

All DUI charges are serious matters. You should always consult with an experienced local DUI attorney for the best advice and representation. We are available 24/7 at 401-228-8271 to discuss your situation and work with you to bring about the best result for you or your child.

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Matthew Marin

Attorney Matthew T. Marin is a highly skilled criminal defense lawyer with an outstanding track record in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. With expertise in DUI/DWI, drug offenses, domestic violence, and white-collar crimes, he is dedicated to providing personalized and effective representation for his clients. A "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers and a member of the National College for DUI Defense and the National Trial Lawyers Top 100, Attorney Marin is committed to staying current with the latest legal developments and giving back to his community through pro bono work.


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