Everyone makes mistakes—but some mistakes come with bigger consequences than others. If you’ve been arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI) in Texas, you’ll undoubtedly face criminal penalties. You might also suffer other consequences, depending on your job and the circumstances of your case. Calling a criminal defense attorney will help you navigate these difficult times.
Read on to find out when you might lose your job as a result of a DWI.
DWI and DUI offenses in Texas
In some states, DUIs are the more severe offenses. In Texas, however, DWI is the catch-all driving under the influence criminal offense. DWIs are sorted into several classes of offense, with penalties ranging from fines and driver’s license suspension to up to 10 years of jail time.
DUIs in Texas only apply to people under age 21 who have any detectable amount of alcohol in their system. DUIs are a misdemeanor and include a maximum fine of $500. If the underage driver was legally intoxicated, or under the influence of any illegal drugs, they can be charged with DWI.
If I’m convicted, will I lose my job?
Depending on the type of job you have, your DWI offense could jeopardize your employment. Check the employee handbook to see if an arrest or conviction is grounds for termination. While most jobs will allow you to keep working barring jail time, there are certain types that may justify automatic termination:
- Transportation sector: If you work in the transportation sector—for example, as a truck driver, bus driver or pilot—you are more likely to be terminated for a DWI conviction. Employers in the transportation sector depend on their drivers to be safe and follow all laws, even if they’re not on the clock. Check your contract to see if an arrest or conviction is grounds for automatic termination. Some transportation sector employers will allow the employee to keep driving, under the condition that they use an ignition interlock device. Of course, if your license is revoked, you won’t be able to perform your job.
- Jobs that depend on driving: If driving is a regular function of your job, a DWI arrest or conviction could jeopardize your employment—especially if you’ve lost your license. Similarly, a person with a DWI on their record may make other employers wary of hiring them—it’s too risky for the employer.
- Careers with professional licenses: Lawyers, accountants, nurses and doctors are just some of the careers that require professional licenses or hold their employees to higher standards than other jobs. If you lose your professional license as a result of arrest or conviction, or it reflects poorly on your moral character, it may be grounds for automatic termination.
The best way to avoid losing your job is to always use a designated driver—but if you’ve been arrested for DWI or DUI, make sure to hire a great criminal defense lawyer. Get in touch with the Law Office of Rob Biggers today to arrange a consultation. We look forward to discussing your case.
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