One of the biggest concerns a person will have after being arrested and charged with DWI in Texas is whether it will result in job loss. This is a fair question because in many cases people do lose their jobs after being convicted of DWI. Many times people are not nearly as concerned with paying fines, or even serving time in jail, when compared to a much more tangible punishment of losing work because of a DWI.
The reasons for economic loss related to getting a DWI are varied. It could be that having a DWI is simply bad news for the type of work you do, such as driving a truck or working in the transportation industry. In many cases, having a DWI simply carries with it a stigma that is hard to get rid of.
Ever since the 1980s and 1990s there has been a very public and vocal campaign to stop DWIs. It grew out of the pain that family members felt after losing a loved one in a car accident with a drunk driver, but since then has become an all out assault on the act of drinking and driving. The offensive takes place on nightly newscasts, the internet, social media, and more.
While the effort to keep inebriated drivers off the road is laudable for many reasons, the national campaign aimed at doing this has left some undeserving victims in its wake. For example, it is much harder for a person charged with DWI to get a fair case because in many situations there is a presumption that if a police officer pulls someone over and gets a blood or breath sample, than that is all the evidence needed to convict someone. That is simply not the case.
The stigma attached to getting a DWI follows someone around for a long time after being convicted. Future employers, clients, landlords, and others can find out if someone had a DWI, and make decisions affecting a person’s life based on one mistake. As a result, getting a DWI conviction can seriously hurt a person’s economic interests.
Harm in the Future
Imagine all of the jobs out there that involve driving for a company in one way or another. Before a company hires a person, it looks at his or her record. When a boss decides not to hire a person because of a DWI, it is not necessarily to punish him or her. Many times it is because of the liability the employer will face if that person gets into an accident and hurts another.
Another way having a DWI can hurt a person’s job prospects is by losing the right to drive for a time. We live in a state where a car is necessary to get from point A to point B. When a person does not have a car, it can be difficult to do the simplest of tasks, like getting to and from work. So, even if a DWI does not affect your job specifically, having one can definitely hurt your job prospects generally.
You Have Options
The point of this post is not to scare anyone facing a DWI, but to show what getting convicted can mean and to help you understand that you have options. At The Wilder DWI Defense Firm we are committed to fighting your DWI charges. That means fighting to get your charges dropped, reduced, or dismissed by a jury. If you are facing a DWI charge in the Dallas area, contact us today.
(image courtesy of Andrew Welch)