A friend of mine was recently convicted of misdemeanor destruction of property. He was at a bar with friends and he hadn't drank in over a month, being an inexperienced drinker he drank himself stupid, "blacked out", and woke up in jail. Only to find out that he had destroyed two car windshields and a sunroof. He narrowly avoided expulsion from a prominent public University (Michigan), and was convicted of misdemeanor destruction of property. Scared shitless of the effect alcohol has had on him, he has completely changed his life: Moved out of apartment (drinkers live there), was treated by two separate counseling agencies for alcohol abuse prevention, became more active in church, and is even considering writing a book on the dangers of alcohol abuse among college students. This man has stellar GPA, and his only other infractions with rules before were two underage drinking incidents in the sophomore dorms. Basically I am wondering if this guy is screwed for law school admissions, will they just look at him as a vagrant alcohol abuser whose shotty ways caught up with him, or will they truly see that this event has changed his life for the good, making an even greater law abiding citizen in the future. Let me know what ya'll think, because my buddy is extremely depressed that all his hard work for his entire life up until now is for not, due to one stupid night of drinking with friends. He has even considered joining the marines, thinking that a misdemeanor on his record will taint any future job prospects.
It's law school. If he's a "vagrant [sic] alcohol abuser" then he's great.
But I think he can spin it well if his change is genuine.
BTW, that quitting drankin' -ish ain't no joke. I had a couple of bad nights about a month ago and realized I don't need to be drinking like that either. And now I've done the same -- no liquor in a month (a beer or two here, I cheat) and alcohol abuse classes. Not AA, but hey1