You probably already know that a driving while intoxicated (DWI) charge in Texas can come with some serious legal consequences. You could end up with an ignition interlock device you have to blow in to every time you start your car. You will probably also have to pay expensive court fees and fines, and even spend time in jail. In addition, you may have to meet with a probation officer in your hometown of Plano at least once a month for two or more years.
While you might be familiar with the above consequences, you may not realize that a DWI conviction has other negative side effects that can hurt your career.
Loss of license
Driver’s license suspension is a common result of a DWI conviction. While you might be able to get a provisional license, there is chance that you do not qualify. You could find yourself having to pay for taxis or riding the city bus in order to get to and from work. Furthermore, if driving is a job requirement, you could end up losing your job since you will no longer be able to perform that duty.
Automatic job loss
In some industries, criminal behavior is grounds for firing. When you first read the company policy on this, you may have thought it was limited to crimes such as theft or assault, but a DWI does go on your criminal record. Your employee handbook may also require that you report the arrest to your supervisor as soon as possible.
Professional disciplinary actions
Some professions require state licensure or certifications. For example, doctors, nurses, lawyers and certified public accountants must maintain licenses with the state of Texas. This usually includes keeping up with continuing education requirements, following state specified practice guidelines, and even following the rule of professional conduct. A state licensing agency might decide that a DWI conviction is a violation of the professional code of conduct and it could revoke your license. This, in turn, often leads to job loss.
If you are facing a DWI charge, it is important to remember that you have options. You can fight back against the charge in the court of law and possibly save your career.