As a Texas motorist, you can be charged and convicted with a DWI if you operate a motor vehicle while intoxicated by drugs, alcohol, or medications, or have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or more, according to Nolo. While the immediate consequences of being convicted with a DWI can be very severe – ranging from fines to jail time – the long-term consequences are also significant and can potentially have life-altering negative implications. If you are convicted with a DWI, you need an aggressive and knowledgeable criminal defense attorney to protect your rights.
Keep reading to understand some of the long-term consequences of DWI convictions in Texas, and why you need an experienced criminal defense attorney to help you avoid these challenging implications. Remember that DWI convictions can affect:
● Driver’s License Privileges – According to BacTrack, a DWI conviction can result in your driver’s license being revoked – up to two years for your first conviction. This means that a DWI conviction makes it difficult to get to work or even keep your job. Losing the privilege of driving makes running simple errands stressful, and can prevent you from visiting friends and loved ones.
● Background Checks – Most employers conduct criminal background checks before they hire job applicants. A felony or misdemeanor DWI conviction will appear in a background check and could hurt even your best efforts to secure a job. According to BacTrack, background checks may also be triggered by college financial aid applications and admissions processes, and housing applications. Landlords often conduct background checks and a DWI conviction could jeopardize your chances of getting the living arrangements you want.
● Employment Opportunities – Besides affecting your ability to get a job in the future, your current job may be also be affected by a DWI arrest and conviction. Court dates, jail time, and community service hours can disrupt your work schedule and put your job security at risk. In addition, job seekers may be at a severe disadvantage to other applicants if they have a DWI on their records. Many employers are uncomfortable hiring applicants who have DWI convictions. While your DWI conviction may not have anything to do with the job you are applying for, it could hinder your prospects or even disqualify you, according to BacTrack. In addition, jobs that require driving a company vehicle, such as sales, truck driving, pizza delivery, catering, or cab driving jobs, may be closed to you by default.
● Auto Insurance Rates – Following a DWI conviction, your car insurance rates will likely increase significantly because drivers who have been convicted of a DWI are considered “high-risk” drivers by insurance companies. Your insurance rates may double or triple for at least several years. Some insurance companies may even terminate your coverage.
● Professional Relationships – A DWI arrest, and not even a conviction, can adversely affect the way you are perceived by your coworkers and employer. Even if you try to keep it under wraps, your DWI arrest may be publicized by local media and permanently stain your reputation. Depending on your company’s policy pertaining to DWI convictions, you may even lose your job.
If you’re charged with DWI, don’t risk suffering these long-term effects. Get help from a criminal defense attorney who is experienced in Texas DWI law and cares about defending your rights. Call Juan Tijerina at (956) 261-5609 or send a message online today!
Tijerina Law Firm, PC
4016 N. 22nd Street
McAllen, Texas 78504
Phone: (956) 261-5609
Phone: (512) 900-1126
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